Van4Debbie+

$58,385 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 333 people in 40 months

Update

Please help us to continue to raise funds to address the needs presented by Debbie’s ALS

ALS knows no bounds.  Our goal to raise money for a van felt lofty at the outset. However, it paled by comparison to the love and support all of you have showered upon Debbie Coleman Ruggiero.

Debbie and her family continue to feel the love and are extremely grateful!!!!!!. We have changed the name of the campaign to Van4Debbie+ to reflect that we will maintain the campaign and the money collected in excess of what is required for the wheelchair accessible van will be deposited in to the Debbie Coleman Ruggiero ALS Fund. This fund is used to address the critical needs that result from Debbie’s ALS. For example:

• She needs professional in-home care to relieve her 77- year- old mother, Rose, who typically provides more than 40 hours of assistance per week while Debbie’s husband, Jimmy, is at work.

• She badly needs safety modifications to her bathroom. The existing doorway is too narrow for Debbie’s power wheelchair to fit in to the bathroom.

Thank you for the unbelievably kind and generous support!!!!!!!!!!!

Summary

In 2009, at the age of forty, Debbie (Coleman) Ruggiero was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the time, her daughter, Dana, was just three years old. ALS is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is characterized by progressive muscle weakness, spasms, and wasting.

The disease has impacted every aspect of Debbie’s life. She requires assistance to perform tasks that the rest of us take for granted: feeding herself, standing, getting dressed, and getting out of bed. Despite such challenges, Debbie is a wonderful mom, a loving wife, and a beloved family member and friend to so many. She and her family continue to be steadfast in their faith.

Debbie thrives on staying active and trying to lead a normal life - and that’s why we are turning to you for help. Her many friends have organized this campaign because we recognize that her zest for life must be supported in every way possible. We continue to be inspired by Debbie and her family’s response to this disease. Their resilience, faith, courage, dedication and love are breathtaking.

Because ALS is progressive, every day brings new challenges - and new dangers -- for Debbie. Without a specially-equipped van, that can accommodate her wheelchair, Debbie faces very limited mobility and a far greater risk of falls due to precarious attempts to transfer her from her wheelchair to a conventional vehicle. Debbie is also in need of some assistance in the home during the day when her husband, Jimmy, is working. Currently, Debbie’s 77 year old mother provides more than 40 hours of assistance. This is not a sustainable model as the disease progresses.

The bathroom needs to be modified to accommodate the power chair for increased safety and prevention of falls.

As her friends, we can see first hand the importance of providing Deb with a wheelchair accessible van so that she can live life to the fullest. We would also like to see her safety and that of her mother maintained. She and her family are proud and self-sufficient people. This was a secret campaign organized by Friends of Debbie.

Please help us raise funds so that Debbie can overcome the many obstacles that ALS has placed in her path. Donate if you are able and please pass along to friends and family.

Should you prefer to send a check please make it out to:

The Debbie Coleman Ruggiero ALS Fund

In Memo: Van4Deb Campaign

Send to:
The Debbie Coleman Ruggiero ALS Fund
c/o Nancy Hughes
90 E Madison Ave
Dumont, NJ 07628

Love,
Friends of Debbie and the Ruggiero family
Organized by Nancy Hughes (Grabstein) and Nancy Harvier Forrester

Videos Shot & Edited by Rick Mowat/SnackPack Prods. - http://snackpacknyc.com/

 
 

Uncut Deb Testimonials by Friends: 35 minutes







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YOU HAVE LITERALLY CHANGED DEBBIE’S LIFE!


The van has arrived! Debbie received the van two weeks ago. It has already had a major impact on her daily life! She feels a sense of freedom. Debbie is able to safely get into the van and; accompany Dana to her activities, go any where she pleases no matter the weather, get out with friends and family, be part of the community, attend church, and run errands. Debbie no longer has to worry about a scary fall on her driveway while getting in to the old car.

It is not every day that we get to see the almost immediate impact of our actions and generosity. But today is a day when you can see it right here in this photo. All of you generous donors can rest in knowing that you have participated in the purchase of this van and your dollars have literally changed Debbie’s life for the better.

To those who would like to donate and have not yet done so, please know that your dollars would be used towards the much needed home health aide.

Thank you hardly seems enough but we are hoping that seeing the incredible impact that this has had on Debbie's life will provide some insight in to the depth of the gratitude that we are all feeling.
Van4Debbie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We have reached the goal we set for the van!!!!!!!! The response we have received to Debbie’s campaign has been truly overwhelming for Debbie, Jimmy, and Rose. As the organizers, we have been moved beyond words to witness the outpouring of love and support for Debbie and her family.

For those of you who would still like to donate, but have not yet had a chance, please know that any monies we raise in excess of what we need for the van will be deposited into the Debbie Coleman Ruggiero ALS Fund. These additional donations would be dedicated to address the critical needs that result from Debbie’s ALS. For example:

• She needs some professional in-home care to relieve her 77- year- old mother, Rose, who typically provides more than 40 hours of assistance per week while Debbie’s husband, Jimmy, is at work.

• She badly needs safety modifications to her bathroom. The existing doorway s is too narrow for Debbie’s power wheelchair to fit in to the bathroom.

Thank you for the unbelievably kind and generous support!!!!!!!!!!!
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Those wishing to send support via personal check can send to:
THE DEBORAH COLEMAN RUGGIERO ALS FUND
in memo please note: VAN4DEB CAMPAIGN

C/O
Nancy Hughes
90 E Madison Ave
Dumont, NJ 07628
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Tom Sheehan
40 months ago

My prayers are with Debbie and her family. I cannot help fund at the moment but I plan on doing so in the near future. I am so glad that enough funds were raised to buy her the van she so sorely needs and deserves. People like Debbie make our lives and our world a better place. God love her and bless her and her family.

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$58,385 of $35,000 goal

Raised by 333 people in 40 months
Created October 17, 2014
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Edward & Rosemarie Capone & family
38 months ago (Offline Donation)
Tom Sheehan
40 months ago

My prayers are with Debbie and her family. I cannot help fund at the moment but I plan on doing so in the near future. I am so glad that enough funds were raised to buy her the van she so sorely needs and deserves. People like Debbie make our lives and our world a better place. God love her and bless her and her family.

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