Everyone knows about the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused to the eastern coast of the United States. Millions without power, billions of dollars in damages, countless of homes destroyed.
One of those homes is of a dear friend, Millie Gonzalez. She lives in Union Beach, NJ which was destroyed in the storm.
Millie has spina bifida which requires that she use a wheelchair for mobility. When she rebuilds her home, it will need to be wheelchair accessible. These adaptations to her home along with just the standard repairs are going to be unbelievably costly not to mention the daily considerations of living with spina bifida.
Mere words cannot sufficiently surmise what this courageous, talented, and beautiful woman means to her extensive network of friends and colleagues in the spina bifida and disability advocacy communities. Her tireless volunteer efforts coordinating and implementing projects and training events have enriched and enhanced the lives of so many in the disability community. Her community outreach work is as outstanding as is her professional role as an educator at a New Jersey public university. There is no doubt that any help she receives will eventually be "paid forward" through her continued unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of others.
She has given so much to so many, now it's our turn to help her to rebuild her life after this devastating storm.