When Tragedy Strikes

Posted on 29 September 2009


Hayrides are supposed to be fun.  Yet, for Jacob George, then 7 years of age, a church-sponsored hayride in Long Hill Township, New Jersey turned tragic.  On October 24, 2008, Jacob fell from the ride, sustaining severe traumatic brain injury that left him blind, paralyzed, and unable to speak.


While his condition remains precarious, there is hope for improvement.  Recently, Jacob has shown small, yet encouraging signs of progress.  Any improvements, however, are tempered by the knowledge that the road ahead for him is both arduous and highly uncertain.


While his parents, George and Jaya Avirappattu, continue to pursue every viable path to improve their son’s prognosis, they must also care for their other two boys, Davis and Daniel.  Faced with Jacob’s staggering medical and continuing care costs, they both continue to work to service their mounting debt and maintain their health insurance coverage – coverage that is paying a progressively smaller percentage of Jacob’s care and treatment costs over time.


Needless to say, Jacob’s ongoing care requires resources that are beyond the means of his family or, for that matter, almost any family.  When tragedy strikes and the life and future of a child are at stake, it is incumbent upon us all, as members of Jacob’s larger family of mankind, to do whatever it is that we can to help.


Cyriac Antony, a close friend of Jacob’s family and member of a tax-deductible 501(c) 3 foundation – HelpSaveLife, has created a special trust account for Jacob.   HelpSaveLife is collecting contributions and will provide Jacob’s parents with the proceeds and list of donors, who – in turn – will receive a tax-deductible receipt from the foundation.  The link to Jacob’s case is http://www.helpsavelife.org/helpsavelife/Cases/Case150/CaseDetails.asp.


While the severe global economic downturn has put a crimp in the lifestyles of many of us, consider the plight of Jacob’s family and ask yourself upon whom you might depend if circumstances such as theirs had befallen you and your family.  Then, donate whatever it is that you can afford and understand that no donation is too small or insignificant.


But, please act quickly.  The special account for Jacob will close on October 15th.  To be tax deductible, all contributions must be made by that date.  In order to donate, please mail your check (made payable to HelpSaveLife) to the address below and note in the memo section “for Jacob George and Case #150.”


HelpSaveLife Inc.
2293 S. Branch Rd.
Neshanic Station, NJ 08853


This is the only tax-deductible fund that will be established for Jacob. 

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One Response to “When Tragedy Strikes”

  1. W.S. says:

    Keep up the great writing.

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