At BioTrust, we care. And even more, it's part of our company's mission to help those in need, locally and around the world, especially our loyal customers and subscribers.
With that in mind, we have two updates for you today:
1.) We teamed up with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation to grant the Wish of a brave 11-year-old girl named Jennifer, who suffers from a life-threatening medical condition called Ewing's sarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer).
Jennifer's one heartfelt wish is to take her family to Walt Disney World® this coming spring. So in your honor, and because of your support of our company, we're able to make this heartfelt wish a reality! (We will be throwing a party for Jennifer before she leaves and will be sure to include photos in the future.)
We informed our subscribers, if they wanted to donate to Make-a-Wish, we would match them dollar for dollar. We are proud to have raised over $4,000.00 total to help another child in need.
Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
2.) At our blog, we asked our readers if they knew of any families that needed a hand after experiencing the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.
We received several heart-breaking stories that we'd like to share with you today. In honor of these courageous folks, BioTrust has sent checks totaling $5,000.00 to these families in need.
John Payne and his family live in Pennsylvania where Hurricane Sandy ravaged their home. John, 40 years old, is an incredibly hard-working man who is the sole income provider in his household as he supports his wife and his 12-year old nephew, of whom he has custody. John's wife is suffering from massive head trauma as the result of a fractured skull from an accident. The medical bills are so burdensome that John and his family had to drain their savings, and John has been working 12-hour days, 7 days a week just to remain afloat. Now, they have no roof over their heads and no money to put toward the $10,000 in damages. With all of this stress, John just wishes that he could invest more time into his nephew, who is a huge helper with his sick aunt. Through all this, John remains steadfast and ensures his family that everything will be okay. This man is an angel.
A Hopeful Christmas
High school sweethearts Melissa and Randy Frey and their two sons (14 and 11) are from Dallastown, PA, where the eye of Hurricane Sandy unleashed its devastating wrath. The Frey household was demolished — the basement completely flooded and half of the roof is no longer on the home. When Randy attempted to return to work after the hurricane, he and his co-workers found the doors of their company — where Randy had worked for 25+ years — closed for good without explanation. Missy and her boys are forced to stay at a shelter because of the catastrophic damages to the home. In addition to the extensive financial burdens that the Frey family faces, Missy suffers from systemic lupus, a debilitating disease, as well as an auto-immune disorder, which combined limit her to a wheelchair and present many other complications. With all of this pending strife, Missy's only wish is to ensure that her boys get a real Christmas — she cannot fathom the thought of seeing the pending disappointment. "Thank you, Josh and Joel, for your caring hearts! God bless you, your family, and your company!"
"We Will Rebuild and Overcome"
Gary Marcus and his family were actually in their Long Island home when the devastating Hurricane Sandy struck. They immediately sought higher ground, as Sandy flooded the entire first floor, which has to be gutted and replaced. With no flood insurance, Gary's family is burdened with the financial responsibility of rebuilding their home and replacing all of the lost appliances. Gary and his wife have three young children — a 3-year old son and twin 17-month old daughters — who are all safe and healthy. Despite the significant losses and tragedy, Gary continues to radiate positive energy and emits gratitude to all of those helping. "We will rebuild and overcome these obstacles. Thank you, Josh and Joel, for your generous donations and for helping out the victims of Sandy."
The Loss of a Home
Colette Pierre's brother, his wife, and two year old daughter lived in Brooklyn and lost everything they owned to the devastating Hurricane Sandy. Their apartment was flooded — and declared uninhabitable by FEMA. As if that wasn't bad enough, a tree fell on their car during the storm and completely demolished it leaving them with no means of transportation. While the family is physically okay, the extent of their loss is saddening, and their road back to a normal life as a family is long and arduous.
They Left Together
Just when you thought you'd heard all of the Hurricane Sandy horror stories, tragedy strikes again and in the worst way. Alicia Roundy Houston's parents, James and Eva Stapleford, of Shokan, PA, were found dead in their home in the aftermath of the hurricane. On the Monday after Hurricane Sandy, Alicia called the police because she had not been able to contact her parents since the storm. When police arrived at the Stapleford home, deputies found both James and Eva dead on arrival in their powerless home. It appears that James suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning, and investigators speculate that Eva passed after falling down the stairs in an attempt to search for her husband. "It was really a sad scene," Sheriff Frank Faluotico said. "These people appeared to be middle-class, hard-working." Unselfishly, Alicia encouraged us to offer our assistance to survivors whose immediate needs she felt would be better served by the aid. With the help, however, Alicia plans to help pay for funeral expenses.
In closing, if you would like to help support victims of Hurricane Sandy please consider donating to www.redcross.org.
It's amazing clients like you that allow us to help others. Thank you for your support.
Co-Founder, BioTrust Nutrition