At its February 22nd meeting, Mother Seton Council #5427 of the Knights of Columbus, located in Washington Township, made a donation of $1,000 to Suzanne Cohen, Executive Director of DebRA of America.
DebRA of America is dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), which is a genetic disorder. The Mother Seton Council connection with DebRA came about because Anastasia Murphy, granddaughter of knight Don Murphy, suffers from EB. Don and his wife, Linda, have had a close relationship with DebRA throughout the life of ten-year old Anastasia.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Mother Seton Council #5427 79 Pascack Road, Township of Washington, NJ 07676
Don was instrumental in setting up an on-going fund drive at the Council. There is a large water cooler-like bottle in the Membersâ€™ Room into which Donâ€™s brother knights generously deposit paper money and â€œpocket changeâ€ that adds up to occasional $1,000 donations. Over the last ten years the Council has donated $12,000 to DebRA. Don and Suzanne thank all for being so generous.
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