Niagara Gazette —
The beautiful thing is that all kinds of people are coming out of the woodwork to help. There’s a comedy show and raffle planned for April 6. Recently, Niagara Falls Police Deputy Superintendent Kelly Rizzo, whose wife works with Michael, auctioned off two pairs of his season tickets for the Buffalo Sabres. In the social media commotion created by the auction, the police department’s hockey team has declared Jack’s dog as its fundraising goal when they play the fire department in the annual charity game this spring.
Rizzo told me he’s pretty happy the community gets to see the kindness of his department in this effort. “There’s a lot of really good people with a lot of really big hearts around here,” he said of his officers.
A web designer from Cincinnati, Julie Ladd, heard about the cause on Facebook and joined efforts by a webpage designer Corey James in Minnesota to set up a website, Twitter and Facebook page (www.adogforjack), where people can learn more and donate to help pay for Lucy. Donations are also being taken at any First Niagara bank. About $8,000 more is needed by July.
Jack’s mom doesn’t want anyone to pity them, because she and Michael feel twice gifted by their sons. Nicole is digitally searching the world for someone with the same rare double diagnosis as Jack. But in the meantime, they are beyond grateful for the small army now working to help their little boy.
Not every one of us has extra to share. But if you do, and you’re looking to add a bit of brightness to the world today, perhaps you can visit www.adogforjack — and help get Lucy on the job.