Here's just a few of the people we've helped recently
Myung H. was misdiagnosed following a tick bite at 9 years of age. He became critically ill and developed Lyme meningitis. From age 9 through 16, Myung had intermittent periods of illness and a weakened immune system. He struggled with headaches, low mood, heart palpitations, and extreme fatigue. At age 16, he was diagnosed with late stage neurological Lyme disease, which left him homebound and bedridden. His academics began to decline and he became more isolated.Â Myung is traveling to Germany to receive treatment for 30 days at the St. Georg clinic. Myung's family is hoping that this treatment will eradicate the advanced Lymes disease and allow him to regain his everyday life.
Erin M. is a 22-year-old senior nursing student at URI who was in a horrific auto accident last August. It took the Jaws of Life over 30 minutes to pry her from the mangled car. She suffered a traumatic brain injury, brain bleeds, collapsed lungs, and almost lost her arm. Miraculously, she survived and has been working hard in outpatient therapy to regain use of her arm and return to nursing school. Her dream is to become a pediatric nurse so she can help others.
Phillip L. is a 10 year old Walpole boy who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia for the second time. He recently underwent a bone marrow transplant and needs to be in isolation at his home for at least a year. He lives with his grandparents and frequently goes into Boston Children’s Hospital. The medical bills and cost of parking have been tremendous. Phillips teacher comes to his home and tutors him. He is a happy energetic boy even though he has been through so much at his young age. He is a fighter.
Clare S. is a Walpole resident battling Stage 4 lung cancer. She has tried a variety of treatments to slow the progression, allowing her to work part time. Still, her income does not come close to covering the costs of her treatments. A single mother with two children in college, Clare has a huge heart and gives all that she has to help others, especially the children she works with.
T.J. is a Walpole resident with a huge heart – and four kids to care for despite multiple surgeries and severe health problems. Because he’s unable to work and requires more surgeries, finances have been a severe challenge. Due to mounting medical expenses, he lost his home and his car was repossessed. He has volunteered for the Foundation in the past and now, in his time of need, we’re there to help him pay for food and basic necessities for his family.
Chris B. died unexpectedly of a heart attack at 41. He left behind a wife, Kelly, and two adolescent boys who are very involved in sports and activities in their community. Kelly is working hard to make ends meet and give the boys normalcy during this difficult time.
Paul Z. was a 36-year-old model of fitness who collapsed at the finish line of a marathon while waiting for his wife. Sadly, paramedics were unable to revive him. His wife is working nonstop to provide for her two grief-stricken boys during this difficult time.
James Lavin and Owen Higgins, both 17, three-sport athletes, lost their lives on Dec. 22, 2016 in a tragic auto accident. The Foundation ran a calendar raffle, as well as sought out private donations, to aid their families.
Chris O. was a Mass State Trooper who passed unexpectedly last February, leaving behind a devastated wife and two children. He was a very active member in his community.
Heidi T. is a single mother of Ethan Simoes, an energetic 9 year old who loves to play hockey. He currently plays on the Walpole Express. Ethan, his two siblings and mother are all battling a life threatening illness called mitochondrial disease. Heidi and her daughter are affected the most and have IV lines and feeding tubes. The boys are still struggling and often have over 112 hours of nursing care in the home every week. They have been in and out of the hospital. The medical bills and co-pays are astronomical. The family has lived in temporary housing and was just approved for a Habitat for Humanity house. Palliative care is involved with this family.
Jennifer K., after running a 5k with her son, unexpectedly suffered a massive cerebral brain hemorrhage in her brain stem, Jennifer has had numerous brain surgeries. She spent 23 days in ICU at Umass Memorial Hospital and then was moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital where she spent 54 days and then was moved to a skilled nursing facility in Sterling, MA for 43 days. After 120 days out of her home, Jennifer’s insurance capped off and she was sent home with an option to have outpatient therapies. Jennifer’s therapies have decreased to one day a week. Rich Khlare, Jennifers husband lost his job due to all the time he spends caring for her. Jennifer is still having trouble with vision, walking, and talking. She will have an upcoming surgery at Mass Eye and Ear to help correct some of her visual problems. Our donation allowed Rich to purchase much needed health insurance for his wife Jennifer. He is now able to book her surgery at Mass Eye and Ear. Jennifer and Rich have two sons.
Liam M. is an 8 year old boy who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Until recently boys with DMD usually did not survive beyond their teen years. Thanks to medical advances in cardiac and respirator care people with DMD are living much longer. Liam now ha trouble walking and going upstairs. Although eventually he will be restricted to a wheelchair, Liam is an active, happy 8 year old who loves being a part of the Northeastern University baseball team and enjoys playing legos. He currently travels back and forth to Philadelphia for treatments for his disease. He also has physical therapy several times per week. Liam lives in Norwood, Ma. with his parents Kristen and Jeff, and little sister Abigail. The foundation donated to Liam to help defray his medical bills and the cost of traveling to and from Philadelphia. We also gave him and his sister Legos- which were a huge hit.
Roger C., a lifelong Walpole resident and father of two young children was recently diagnosed with cancer. He has ben unable to work due to severe pain he is experiencing and his aggressive medical treatments. In addition Roger’s son Charlie has just been diagnosed with Pertheus Disease. A rare childhood condition that causes avascular necrosis of the hip. The treatment is immobility for 6-12 months to allow the bone to grow back correctly. Charlie will be in a wheel chair for the majority of his day.
Levi W. is a 9 year old boy who was a hockey goalie. He was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Doctors were able to remove most of it, but not all of it. He has been undergoing aggressive proton radiation therapy. He spent a long time in Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. Due to the tumor and surgery, Levi lost hearing in his left ear, facial muscle control due to nerve damage and was unable to walk or speak. He has 5 siblings and mom left work to care for him around the clock. The family came to last years gala. We also just purchased two gym mats for him to use at home during his physical therapy sessions.
Julie D. is a 43 year old mother of two who is battling cervical cancer. Her husband was unemployed and she had to stop work to undergo aggressive treatments. Our donation has helped them stay afloat during this time. As of now Julie is done with treatments and had her final surgery in the fall. She is now declared cancer free and her husband has started a new business venture “DeLuca Farms”.
Joann T. is a Walpole woman who was diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer (non-smoker) and is no longer able to work. She has two daughters. Her monthly medication costs are upwards of $2500 and is not covered by insurance. She is a wonderful person trying her hardest to prolong her life a few years for her daughters. Her most recent CT scan showed stability, Meaning the cancer is not spreading. The Tarceva is doing its job of stopping the growth. She will continue to have chest CT’s every 8 weeks. Her most recent brain MRI was clear again. This is great news. The RB Foundations donation helped with the cost of her monthly medications.
Maggi E. was a former Walpole citizen of the year and was recently diagnosed with an incurable form of lung cancer (non-smoker). She has three children and was always very active in the community. She has sat on many boards in town and is not able to work due to her medical treatments. Her medical bills are extremely high. Our goal was to help off set some of these medical bills.
Mikey G. is an 1 year old boy from North Attleboro who suffers from multiple congenital heart defects. He is in heart failure. He has undergone one surgery but will need two more major surgeries in order to repair his heart. He is the youngest of four children and has been hospitalized multiple times. This has been very trying for the family. Mom is unable to work due to his condition and he has a visiting nurse come several times a week for physical exams and weight checks. Mikey is on a lot of medications daily. This is a very hard working family who needed help with their high medical bills.
Mark D. is a Boston Police Officer who was in a horrific motorcycle accident in 2013 and is still in rehab. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and it is a constant struggle for him to get through rehab. His older brother took him in and they need assistance. The medical bills are extremely high.
John M. from Norwood is also a Boston Police officer who was shot in the face. ( Was recently on the news) He is currently in a rehab facility and has a very long road ahead of him. He would like to rejoin the force as soon as he can. His medical bills are also sky rocketing.
Katherine W. is a 28 year old teaching assistant who is suffering from cancer for the third time. At age 23 she was diagnosed with breast cancer, underwent surgery and chemotherapy. It has returned throughout her body including bones. Se is undergoing chemo again. She was a UMass Boston athlete who played hockey and softball and scored high academic achievement. She was inducted into the UMass hall of fame.