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Crissman Family Project

Bill & Heidi Crissman have been happily together for over 30 years.  Bill was diagnosed in 2014 with ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease, an often terminal disease which slowly takes away the use of the body’s muscle tissue—even those used to breathe.  They are optimistic, as there are cases where patients can live a longer life with special nutrition and care.  ALS has taken away Bills strength and stamina, and is now using a walker and wheelchair.

In addition to being Bill’s full-time caregiver, Heidi takes care of her mother who has the beginning stages of Multiple Sclerosis, and who lives with them most of the year. Heidi also helps her mother-in-lay, who is in her mid-80s and lives alone.

Although Bill & Heidi have tried to keep up with home repairs, their finances have been stretched or depleted taking care of medical bills.  Their biggest concern is the roof.  The eave attached is rotting on one side and rain drips through the bathroom ceiling.  There are good sections of the gutters, but also several rusted sections.  In addition, the porch is rotting on one side and a wheelchair ramp is needed.

Through the Maleno Family to Family Fund, we replaced the Crissman’s roof; the gutters, fascia, and soffit, as necessary; we also built up and stabilized the front porch and moved the entry door; adding a wheelchair ramp into the porch.

In Heidi’s words, “to be chosen as one of the families that receive assistance from the Maleno Fund is an opportunity of a lifetime, a dream and a blessing which will allow us to fully concentrate on Bill’s health and well-being”.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the Maleno Family to Family Fund, apply for help through the GECAC, the fund administrator:  Apply for Help.

Your donations help us to help local families needing a hand up.  Please give!   

"We don't want the 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' build to be our first and last charitable project; we are committed to giving back on an ongoing basis." 

John Maleno

Founder and President

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