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Extended Family Seeks Grant Money To Erase Disability Induced Debt

by Joseph Russo
(Staten Island, NY, USA)

My name is Joseph Russo and I am 47 years old. I have a beautiful wife and 14-year-old daughter.

I have been on disability for approximately 15 years. I have had at least 16 operations on my left foot, have been on dialysis, gotten a kidney transplant, had my right leg amputated (below the knee) and also I am diabetic.

Things were always hard for us, but we made it through. That was until September 6, 2009. At approximately 9:45 p.m. our home caught on fire.

Thank God we got out, except that I was trapped in the home for about 20 minutes and had no pulse when I was brought down.

At this point, we are in such dire straits that I have nowhere else to turn. Our insurance company is giving us a very hard time and will not give us the living expenses that everyone who lived in the home is entitled to.

We are still living in a hotel, that we owe $14,000 to and face the possibility of not having a place to live. We have no money for anything.

We cannot find an apartment, or buy the basic necessities to start our lives over again, because we do not have enough money to do any of this.

My wife lost her job when the recession struck and has not been able to find work and has also been caring for myself and my father, who lives with us.

A grant of $40,000 from the government would allow us to start to live again. I would be able to find a place to live that could be handicapped accessible or able to re-construct to be handicapped accessible.

Although I cannot work, I am still a vital human being and would love to be able to have a normal life again.

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