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A fund was started to provide medical care for Patrick McCloskey. He was severely injured in a car accident, over the Thanksgiving weekend. His leg had to be amputated. Patrick and his family are truly humbled by the generosity and caring about him and his needs. The fund is well on its way to providing Patrick substantial help. He is home from the Glen Cove Hospital and starting an "off-site" rehab program shortly. Hopefully, he will be back at school very soon, with rehab continuing there.

The response to the fund has been tremendous. Many thanks have to be given to people's caring and understanding of this terrible tragedy. It is gratifying to see donations coming in from both friends and families who know Patrick, but also from people who do not even know the McCloskeys.

There are many thanks to be given. The people that were personally contacted were very generous, but the news spread and many other people thoughtfully gave too. If we don't personally get to thank you, please accept my thanks here. The Port Washington Community Chest has been more than terrific; it exemplifies what a neighborhood organization is all about and what helping someone in time of need really means. Joel Ziev and the members on his board deserve a lot of credit for being the caring people that they are.

The Port Washington News needs special commendation; they published the news of Patrick's condition and the existence of this fund. Many more people found out about the fund, both in town and nearby, from that article.

The Loyola school and its students have been wonderful to Patrick and his family as well. Friends have devotedly visited Pat at both of the hospitals that he stayed at.

I am proud of starting up this effort for Pat, but without all the cooperation, compassion and generosity of all the people involved, it would have never happened. So to all of you, I say a humble thanks and may you all be blessed.

Ira Hazan

P.S. The fund is very much alive, open and still accepting all donations.

Payable to: The Community Chest of Port Washington, Patrick McCloskey Special Fund, 382 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050


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