May 19, 2012
Our family is blessed to have had Community Backstop and Andrew Panzo come into our lives!! My wife and I are the proud parents of 5 beuatiful children. Our youngest son (2years old) was born prematurely and with severe medical issues. He had lost most of his blood prior to delivery by emergency C-section which resulted in irreversible kidney damage. We were very concerned as were his doctors that he did not have a good prognosis. After many months in the NICU he came home on dialysis. My wife and I did the dialysis at home (12 hours a day) while we waited for him to get big enough to be a candidate for a kidney transplant. He did get a kidney transplant through the generosity of his aunt. Along the way bills piled up and things became very difficult for us financially. My wife could no longer work due to our son's needs and I am self employed and had not received a paycheck in over a year and a half due to the economy. Our savings was gone. Andrew heard of our situation and presented it to his colleagues at Community Backstop. CB came to the rescue and mailed us a check that was a great light in a dark time in our lives. The monetary gift was a huge help but most of all was the compassion and feeling that people cared about our struggle and wanted to help. I cannot express in words the gratitude I have for Andrew and his team. They are truly doing God's work! Our son is doing great after many surgeries and unbelievable hurdles that he has faced. We could not have provided the care he needed as well as we were able to if not for the generosity of organizations like Community Backstop. I also referred a situation to Andrew of a friend with three young children and a wife who was dying of cancer at 43 yo and without hesitation Community Backstop came to the rescue again. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
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