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Neighbors replace roof for family battling rare affliction

Several dozen residents of the Warrensburg-Thurman area — many of them members of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church — worked together October 18 and Oct. 19 to install a new roof on the Warrensburg home of Cathy LaFond-Evans, whose family members are battling a rare genetic disorder that has crimped their finances.

Several dozen residents of the Warrensburg-Thurman area — many of them members of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church — worked together October 18 and Oct. 19 to install a new roof on the Warrensburg home of Cathy LaFond-Evans, whose family members are battling a rare genetic disorder that has crimped their finances. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Among those assisting on the project mid-day Saturday were Tom Grace; Pat Gormley; Scott Thomas; Ron Boccieri; Joe Norton; Joe Davies; Bud, Cheryl and Jared York; Mike, Norm, Steve and Joan Ouellette; Jeff Lehman; Roland LaFond; Brenton Southwick; David and Violet Spatz; Violet Schryer; Jimmy Canniff; Joe Norton; Glenn Lunt; Danielle Robichaud; David and Danny McNeil; Fred Witz; and Richlene Morey. Baking food were Ellen Barlow, Sandra LaFond, Lorry O’Connor, Ellen Hickson, Betty Kusky, Violet Spatz, and Dorianne Cunniffe. Others assisting in various ways were: Jack Toney, Mark Morey and John Alexander.

Years ago LaFond-Evans built most of her house on Milton Avenue — but the leaking roof, considering all she is facing, was too much to handle, she said.

“This is what used to happen in the old days, neighbors coming together to help others,” she said with a smile.

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