Please ... spread the word

| 22 Feb 2012 | 02:01

    The Rumsey family has had their world turned upside-down. Jason Rumsey, who just entered 6th grade at M-W Middle School, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. He is receiving treatment in the Pediatric Oncology Unit at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (part of Westchester Medical Center). Jason has many, many friends in the community. He is a typical 11 year old boy who loves the outdoors (especially fishing), loves to read, likes challenging puzzles, video games and just having fun. Jason and his family live in Central Valley and are active members of our community. Jason is a member of the Woodbury Boy Scout Troop #4 and his mother is an assistant scoutmaster with the troop. Jason’s diagnosis is one of the hardest challenges his parents, Peg and Ed Rumsey, have ever had to face. They were immediately thrust into how to care for Jason emotionally, physically and spiritually. I can only imagine the shock, the sadness, the fear and thousands of questions that must be whirling through Peg and Ed’s mind right now. I know that many of you are thinking “How can I help?” With the help of Provident Bank on Route 32 in Highland Mills, a “Jason Rumsey Fund” account has been set up. Anyone wanting to make a donation to help offset the costs suddenly thrust on the Rumsey Family can walk into any Provident Bank Branch and ask to make a deposit to the “Jason Rumsey Fund.”They will look up the account number for you. There is no minimum or maximum donation - any donation amount will be appreciated and will help. You do not have to have an account at Provident Bank to make a donation. The funds raised from this account will be given to the Rumsey’s by check periodically. If you can’t get to a Provident Branch, donations for the Rumsey’s can also be sent to Jason Rumsey c/o Carmela Simons, 4 Phoenix Hill Road, Highland Mills, NY 10930. I will deposit them into the account. Our goal is to offset some of the expenses such as gasoline, tolls and treatment co-payments for the Rumsey family. The only thing they need to concentrate on right now is being with Jason and helping to make him well. I know that many of you are members or other community organizations. If possible, we would like you to pass this message along to any other community members/organizations you think appropriate. Please feel free to spread the word. Thank you all. Carmela Simons Highland Mills