This unexpected tragedy has hit the Martone family hard both emotionally and financially. The family is not only in mourning but are struggling to figure out how to pay for all of the unexpected expenses they find themselves facing.
Mike had recently lost his job when the company he worked for lost its contract with the local hospital leaving him without any life insurance. Though a funeral service for Mike was not in the family's budget, they knew the importance of the closure it would bring, especially for Maddie and Elliot (who always called Uncle Mike his best friend). Giuliana and Matt's church graciously gave them the deposit for the funeral, but the family still owes $4,000 to the funeral home alone.
Additionally, the family has had many unexpected travel expenses. Maddie is receiving wonderful care at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, but this requires Maddie and Giuliana to stay in the Pittsburgh area. As you can imagine, costs are quickly adding up.
I can say without hesitation that Giuliana, “Gewels” to her family and friends, is one of the most caring, giving people I've ever known. I've been struggling so much with how such a terrible tragedy could happen to such an amazing family. Gewels is always the first to jump in and help anytime someone needs it. Now we have an opportunity to help Gewels and the entire Martone family when they need it the most.
Anyone who knows Gewels knows that she would never ask for help, even though she is always the first to give it. For this reason, I am asking on her behalf that you please give any amount possible to help the Martone family get through this difficult time. One of my favorite quotes that always reminds me of Gewels is "many hands lighten the load." She is always the first to help lighten the burdens of the people in her life. Now is an opportunity to help lighten her load!
Any donations can also be mailed to:
The Martone Family
1937 Bell Run Road
Grampian, PA 16838
- Kathy and Brad Gehman
- Ashleigh Schultz
- Rob Straw
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