PORT JEFFERSON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A local charity has transformed life for one Long Island family.
As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Keith Mauro has been battling ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, for several years. The disease has gotten progressively worse and the Port Jefferson man can no longer walk.
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He uses a wheelchair to maneuver around, but his home on Long Island was not equipped to accommodate his new needs.
Mauro thought Rescuing Families, Inc., a non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities, would just be renovating his bathroom to make it more accessible. But, to their surprise, Mauro and his family were given a new home that’s better suited for their needs.
“How do you repay for something like this? We’ll be friends for life,” Mauro said of the renovations.
In an emotional unveiling, Mauro cried as he toured the newly renovated home for the first time.
The bathroom has been renovated, the back door is no longer too heavy for him to open and the entire home has a fresh, clean look, Hall reported.
“It was just a tremendous amount of work. There are no words for this, this was something that was long overdue and it’s probably something I would have never been able to do ourselves,” Mauro said.
Rescuing Families, Inc. provided the renovations thanks to generous donations in just a few weeks. According to their website, the renovations included the modification of the rear deck for handicapped accessibility and also a stair chair lift.
“They’re life family honestly, they made such a big difference in our life,” Mauro said of the group.
His wife was also in tears, noting their 12-year-old daughter has her own physical challenges and will benefit greatly from the upgrades.