Join Team McCue and Help Willy

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Raised by 1,269 people in 16 months
Created February 12, 2018
My name is Joseph Trongone. Many of you know me as Clarkstown High School North’s football coach. For four years it was my privilege to coach Willy McCue, CHSN class of 2016. Two weeks ago I learned that Willy had contracted flu and had been hospitalized. Due to secondary complications, Willy is critically ill in the intensive care unit at Montefiore Hospital. At nineteen,  Willy is fighting to overcome the devastating impacts flu can have on a person who has no underlying medical conditions. Willy played for CHSN with grit and an indomitable spirit that was unparalleled. Just as he showed his opponents on the field during his varsity days, Willy is unrelenting, determined to defeat the medical challenges that he is presently facing.

All successful teams realize that it is the contributions of each member that will result in a victory. Willy needs the support of a team to bring him home and return him to the robust health he possessed before the flu struck. Our community and his family are that team. His father Will, sister Erika, and immediate family are at the hospital around the clock to manage his medical care and provide him with love and support to sustain his spirit. They have been touched by the deluge of emails, texts, prayers, phone calls and food from friends and neighbors who are very concerned about his illness. Given the nature of Willy’s illness, he is being kept in isolation so he is not exposed to any other pathogens. Knowing they are not alone in this fight gives them strength to continue the vigil in the hospital and faith for a full recovery.

Will and Erika shall be by Willy’s bedside for an unknown period of time. When he does come home, Willy certainly will require ongoing medical care. Many people have asked how they can be supportive of Willy and his amazing family during this medical crisis. At this time, they are practically living at the hospital and they cannot take full advantage of meals and food donated or offered. Donating to Team McCue will ensure that the family can provide for any uncovered medical expenses, any unexpected costs that arise through travel and caregiving an hour from home, and the eventual homecare Willy will need while he is recovering. Every cent will go towards Willy’s journey to recovery. Together we can help Willy heal so he can return to college, return to volunteering with the New City Fire Department, and return to the healthy, vibrant young man he was just a few weeks ago. Regular updates will be provided through this site. Please donate to Team McCue today to show support for this incredible young man and his family.

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Additionally, we have had tremendous support from local friends that have contributed in countless ways. I would like to personally thank the following individuals and families for their generosity and friendship which have helped us navigate this challenging time. If an individual or organization contributed and was not noted here, please accept my apology and know it was unintentional:

The Asheim Family
The Baisley Family
The Ballison Family
The Barile Family
Kevin Barrett
Debbie - Beauty Plus
The Benvenuti Family
Jody Bergman-Gottlieb
Shari Berk
The Bernadone Family
Martha Bieber
Walter Paul Bieber
Stacy & Justin Blash
Ellen Bogolub
Jimmy Bondolich
Mike Bonfiglio
Marie Breen
The Bunyea Family
Todd Builione
The Butrico Family
The Campolo Family
Jeannie Cammarata
The Carmody Family
Joe & Jeannie Casarella
The Castelli Family
The Cherico Family
Ken Cody
The Conway Family
The Costa Family
Mike Christen
The Crowley Family
The Cifuni Family
Eileen Cummings & Jimmy Cuneen and Family
Keith & Judy Cummings and Family
Paul Cummings
Peter Cummings
Thomas Daikos
The Dale Family
The Damiani Family
The D’Aquino Family
Phyllis David
The Davies Family
Walter Demske
The DeSarlo Family
The DiFillipo Family
The Dimaulo Family
The Donnelly Family
Ann and Mike Donohoe
Matt Donohoe
The Douglas Family
The Dunmire Family
Mike & Emily Eckberg
Walter Famular
Nancy Farnan
Marvin Feldberg
Joey Fields
Joe & Peggy Finch
The Finn Family
The Foley Family
Mike & Helen Galligan
Eileen Garchitorena and Family
John & Laura Garvey
Lawrence Garvey
The Giaccio Family
The Gilroy Family
Ray Henriques
The Hernandez-Rodriguez Family
The Hetschinof Family
The Hirsch Family
The Hladik Family
The Kay Family
Eileen Kelly
The Klein Family
The Korines Family
The Lauder family
Catherine & Paul Levines
The Lia Family
The Louden Family
The Lyons Family
The Makinen Family
Bob Martin
Melissa Massimi
The Mauer Family
The McCaffrey Family
Larry McDonnell
Kevin McEntyre
Kevin McKenna
Billy & Mary Ellen McLaughlin
Anthony Mellino
The Mingione family
Joe Monacelli
Roger Morris
Jane Mullin
The Mulvey Family
Dennis Murray
Cian & Cormick Murrihy
The Navarro Family
The Nevins Family
Tung Nguyen
John & Mary Nulty
The O’Connor Family
Joe & Kathy O’Connor
Claudio Olave-Guillermo
Chris Oliva
Michael Ondich
The Owens Family
The Palmiotto Family
The Pazelcyzk Family
The Pellegrino Family
Frank Phillips
The Pietropinto Family
Joann Pocchiari
The Polansky Family
The Pollack Family
Peter Pons
The Postiglione Family
The Porco Family
Danny Price
Suresh Ramaswamy
Boz Reilly
The Riordan Family
Phil Rutigliano
Fintan Ryan
Douglas Sampath
The Saponaro Family
The Satran Family
Bobby Shine
The Shriver Family
Elliot Sleight
Jerry Staller
Dave Steeves
The Stern Family
The Stephens Family
Lyle Sullivan
The Sullivan Family
Esther Tanowitz
The Thierman Family
Joseph Trongone
The Velez family
Mark Wellman
Chris Willows
The Willows Family
Don Wilson
Jeffrey Wong & Theresa Riggio
Brendan Wren
Mary Anne Wynne
The Zuzulo Family

We would also like to thank those we don't know who have contributed to the GoFundMe fundraiser. Your support for Will has touched us in so many ways that it continues to inspire and motivate us to reach our goals and dreams. Thank you!

During the last nine months, Will’s grandmother, Martha, has been a constant presence and provided invaluable emotional support. In order to prepare for Will’s return home, she added an accessible extension to her home. We love you, Martha, and are incredibly grateful for all of your help.

We also want to recognize all the amazing doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff at Helen Hayes Hospital. You really are miracle workers. You have inspired Will and have given him the belief that he will lead an independent life. We are profoundly grateful for the hope and encouragement you have imparted, but most of all for helping Will regain mobility and independence.

Finally, as Will prepares to leave Helen Hayes Hospital and contemplates his hopes and challenges, we want to impress upon you that the journey we have experienced the last nine months would have been unimaginable without you staying the course with us. We look ahead optimistically knowing that we have a vast community of support that embraces us and will cheer Will on with every new step taken. We will never forget your kindness and compassion.

With heartfelt gratitude and love,
Will, Erika and Will
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Will has also had, and continues to have, tremendous support from organizations in New City and Rockland County as a whole. We would like to thank the following organizations:

Albertus Magnus High School
Annual Phillips Tee off for Tots
Best Buy Wine and Liquors
Black Bull Restaurant
Bob's Discount Furniture
The Carolyn Sullivan Memorial Foundation
Carpet One
Clarkstown Central School District
Clarkstown Police Department,
Clarkstown High School North,
Clarkstown High School North PTSA
Clarkstown High School South
Clarkstown High School South PTSA
Criminal Justice at RCC
David’s Bagels
Davis Sport Shop
Dill Mediterranean Grill
Felix Festa Middle School
The Grace Charitable Foundation
Hauser Bros. Inc.
Hillcrest Fire Co. No. 1
La Terrazza Restaurant
Ladder 59 FDNY Bronx “The Blue Devils”
Little Tor Elementary School
Lynch’s Restaurant
The Mary Nagle Foundation
Mount Vernon Manor HOA
Nanuet Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary
New City Ambulance Corps
New City Fire Engine No. 1
Nyack Community Ambulance Corps
Orangetheory Fitness
Patriot Hills Golf Club
Philip J. Rotella Golf Course
Pomona Middle School Faculty
River Court on Main
Rockland Country Club
Rockland County Bagpipers
Rockland County Emerald Society
Rockland County Red Nights
Rockland County Sheriff's Office
Rockland Lake Firehouse
Rockland Rock Crawlers
Saint Augustine CYO
Saint Margaret of Antioch School
Scotty’s Plumbing
The Torch Foundation
Town of Clarkstown
Town of Clarkstown Supervisor
Victors Pizza
World Class F.C.

A heartfelt “Thank You” to all of you!
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It is hard to believe that Will has spent the last 5 months at Helen Hayes Hospital. During his time there he has spent much of it receiving occupational and physical therapy. He has gained an unbelievable 50 pounds and is strong and mobile. Will continues to move towards his goal of being fully independent with his prosthetics. Over the next year or so this is definitely attainable, but in the short-term, Will will be challenged with continued healing of his skin which will delay his progress until his skin is fully healed. His mental focus is truly remarkable. He is “strong willed” and committed to progressing and we have no doubt in his ability to become mobile and independent in the near future.

On October 13, 2018, Will confirmed what he's been telling all of us for a long time. For the first time, on both his leg prosthetics, Will was able to walk with a walker for 20 yards! Although he knew he could do it, he was so pumped about his progress. He knows his body! Even the physical and occupational therapists at Helen Hayes who have known all along he could achieve beyond what is expected were amazed. I and everyone are so proud of him! As many of you know, Will is an avid outdoorsman, at a young age an accomplished hunter and fisherman. Today, Will was able to handle, site, load and accurately aim and fire his crossbow at a target. He hit the target with ease, Will was so happy, confirming what he already knew he could do. Those of us who watched were all astounded at his “willpower” and determination!

During the next three to six months, Will shall focus on continued rehabilitation, prosthetic training, and engaging in what he loves to do: hunting, fishing, mechanics, being with his family and friends whom he loves, volunteering as a firefighter at the New City Fire Engine number 1 company, and re-engaging in studying criminal justice in college.
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Dear friends,

Erika and I want to update you on Willy’s medical status. Once again, we have been incredibly touched by everything that you have done to support us and Willy. Your kindness and encouragement have truly carried us through the last four months. Willy continues to grow stronger with each passing day. As many of you are aware, the doctors determined they could not save Willy’s hands, left foot and right leg (just above the knee), so they have been amputated. As you can imagine, this life saving and life changing measure has been difficult for us to process. That said, Willy is physically and mentally tough, and he is eager to continue to live life to the fullest with prosthetic assistance. He is thinking about his next steps, and his courage and determination fuel our commitment to ensuring that he will be mobile and functional to the fullest extent. The funds that have been raised to date will help ensure that Willy receives all of the benefits rehabilitation can offer, including prosthetic devices.

We are delighted to report that on May 30th, Willy should be departing Montefiore Hospital and transitioning to a rehabilitation program at Helen Hayes Hospital. We are forever grateful for the phenomenal care Willy has received from the doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and support staff at Montefiore, and their remarkable role in Willy’s survival. A very special thank you to Jenna, Randi, Letty, Femi, Maureen T, Eileen K, Mary, Carla and Anthea! Your emotional support & kindness will never be forgotten.

For everyone who has helped us in some way, your prayers, hope, assistance and contributions are a profound testimony to the love and esteem you possess for us and Willy. Friends, relatives and strangers have shown us incredible support during this formidable journey. We are also incredibly grateful to Assistant Fire Chief Rich and all of the volunteers at New City Fire House. We want to thank you for your time, generosity, tireless efforts, compassion and commitment to Willy's full recovery.

We face the days ahead bravely and optimistically, knowing we are surrounded by those who truly care and are dedicated to helping Willy achieve optimal health and mobility.

With love,
The McCue Family
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