Karen and Sean Naschak are my neighbors in Point Pleasant Beach. I fondly remember Karen as a devoted mom who always smiled and waved to me as most kind neighbors do. She cared for Sean tirelessly, to ensure Sean’s disabilities did not prevent him from living as close to normal as possible. I never knew about her medical condition until after she passed. She was always interested how others were doing and doted over Sean as one would expect a mother who loved her son would. She battled lung and ovarian cancer and passed away in the summer of 2017. Im starting this “go fund me” page because Sean needs help financially to help pay for back taxes, medical bills and mortgage payments.
Some of you may have met Sean, who often spends his summers greeting guests at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach. Sean was born developmentally normal in the 60’s but grew ill as a baby. He was diagnosed with a rare disorder ultimately resulting in Sean becoming wheel chair bound. He is paralyzed from the waist down and still has function of his right arm allowing him to eat and operate his wheelchair. Sean is dependent on someone else for his daily care and his mind is intact. He is an amazing man who, despite his condition, has the ability to mesmerize people. Although he has some difficulty pronouncing words, he is well spoken, educated and of course best dressed. He loves the beach and is connected to the rhythm of the boardwalk. Always socializing and meeting new people and meditating to the quiet waves. Sean is a pleasure and tries to assist in any way he can. Sean is a staple in Point Pleasant Beach and I felt compelled to help Sean who has never asked for anything in the past 10 years since I’ve known him.
Since Karen’s passing, Sean has very few family members and no siblings. Sean was used to his mom being there for him and the adjustment has been difficult in more ways than can be described.
Moving forward for Sean requires monetary assistance to help clear up some of the household bills, some of his mom’s medical bills, and Sean’s ability to continue to live his life the way his mom intended.
My hope is that this touches you to make a donation to help an wonderful man - it would be so appreciated. It is the epitome of a good cause and a way you can help Sean continue live a part of Karen’s legacy of welcoming and waving to all of those who come to Point Pleasant Beach.
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