Join Team McCue and Help Willy

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Raised by 1,225 people in 4 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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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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Erika and I are completely awestruck by the outpouring of support, prayers and generosity of everyone who is contributing to Team McCue. We are adjusting to meeting the challenges each day brings, facing them with a fervent hope that Willy is one step closer to coming home. Presently Willy is being supported by a level of care known as the CSICU (Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit) at Montefiore hospital. This is a multispecialty medical care center for critically ill patients. Being monitored and cared for within this unit requires that Willy not receive any visitors at this time. We will provide an update to this site as Willy makes progress. Our gratitude for what each of you has offered and contributed is boundless. You have embraced us and lifted our spirits with your encouragement, faith and kindness.

We are humbled; we are blessed.
From the bottom of our hearts,
Thank You!

Will, Erika and Willy
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