As you know, we’re all about the Baltimore community here at WNST. So I’m asking those of you who are in residential construction to please respond to me regarding this situation. I am in heavy commercial foundation construction, and a lot of what’s needed for the Rozema family I simply don’t have (but my company is going to find something to donate to this noble cause, believe me). A friend of mine just sent me this. It’s real, it’s heartbreaking and it’s Christmas. Please read it and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get you in touch with the beautiful souls who are trying to help a family in desperate need of it. Again, any help or time you could give would be greatly appreciated.
Here’s the email:
"John and Holly Rozema’s son Johnny was diagnosed with cancer. They live off of Jarrettsville Pike in Jacksonville. Johnny is 10 years old and was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma called Burkitt’s lymphoma. Burkitt’s lymphoma is an aggressive type of B-cell lymphoma that is very rare in the United States. Johnny’s cancer has been found in his kidneys, pancreas, bone marrow and the base of his brain (Stage IV).
John and Holly had already been going through a difficult time financially. They had not been able to afford their health insurance premiums for some time and are currently uninsured. As you can imagine, John and Holly would like to spend as much time as they can with Johnny during his treatments. Since John is now self-employed, taking off work means no income. They are also trying to finish their house and currently have no functioning kitchen. They need to have a functioning kitchen in order for Johnny to come home. We are trying in every way possible to help them out in their time of need.
Johnny is at Disney right now thanks to Make-A-Wish. He’ll be back in a week. The hope is that he can come home to pass away with his family rather than at the hospital. There is a lot that still needs to be done at the house. Cindy Norris, a big-hearted nurse, has taken on the coordination of the help/resources/donations.
Supplies that are sorely needed: Heavy duty extension cords and spotlights. Paint for the entire house. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets (light wood;hickory if possible). Rain gutters and downspouts. Beige carpeting. Kitchen and bathroom tile. Ceiling fans with lights for approximately 8 rooms. Two compressors for two outside units – heat/air. A new oven (they’re currently cooking from a toaster oven). A new dishwasher.
Christmas donations are already covered. However, anyone who would like to donate a signed ornament for their tree would be awesome!
An account is being set up for donations as well."
I know what kind of people we are here in The Land of Pleasant Living. I know you can help the Rozemas. I know I will be doing so today. Please help John and Holly at this most precious time of year.
Again, email me at email@example.com and I’ll get you in touch with the proper people. Thanks and God Bless You for your help.
And God Bless Johnny Rozema.