Grateful for community support for Alice Pollack
May 15, 2012 6:38PM
Updated: June 17, 2012 8:15AM
Pollacks grateful for support and assistance from community
Several months ago, I wrote a letter to the editor because of a situation with the 911 operator who would not send help to get my wife down our front steps in her wheelchair so she could get to a doctor appointment, a call that the Elgin Fire Department gladly answers to on a regular basis for people who need this help. Alice has multiple sclerosis and is bound to wheelchair and walker. Now, I am writing again because the events that followed that letter need to be known by all.
Good people such as Courier-News reporter Michael Danahey, Robert Bedard from the Elgin Fire Department, and Rein Puttkammer from Home For Life Advantage came forward and — with the help and participation of so many others in Elgin city government, Elgin Police Department, Elgin firefighters and more — helped us by fundraising and making the community aware of our plight. With their help and others’, enough money was raised to rebuild our front porch to door level and install an electric stair lift so my wife can get down and up the front steps without us having to call upon anyone else to come and assist.
The work is going on now as we speak. The porch has been modified, and the lift will be installed any day now. I just wanted to write this letter to the editor for all to see. I wanted the community at large to see that there are good people here, people willing to help others in their community have a more normal life, despite disabilities.
Saying thank you doesn’t seem like enough, but it is all I have, and I wrote this letter to express it to all, and I hope it gets printed for all to see. Thank you!
Steven and Alice Pollack
Editor’s note: A story Tuesday in The Courier-News noted that the motorized lift was completed late last week.
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