BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater residents are asking their neighbors to give back to a family that has made it a priority to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for medical bills and unforeseen expenses for the Loughran family, of Bridgewater.
Jennifer Loughran is the creator of the Mask Squad, which has raised more than $15,000 to help the community, county, state and beyond create and distribute necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to anyone who has needed it during the pandemic.
But now, according to the GoFundMe page, the family needs some help.
Their youngest son, Finn, was recently diagnosed with TaySachs Disease, a disease that is believed to have led to the death of their daughter, Sylvia in 2013. Although she was never diagnosed, she had low tone at 14 months old and was special needs, similar to Finn's symptoms.
Five months after losing her daughter in 2013, her mother died, then her grandmother two months after that, followed two weeks after that by her dog.
In addition, her husband, Mike Loughran, was diagnosed with cancer, and had to undergo treatments and therapies. He is currently waiting to complete a new scan.
Despite all of that, Loughran created The Mask Squad to help others.
"Now it's our turn to help raise money for the Loughrans," the GoFundMe page says.
First, the money will go toward their son, Finn's, medical care to include quality of life and considerations for allowing the family to enjoy the time they have together. The fundraising is for necessities like medical equipment, co-pays and surgeries, and will also help the family purchase what is needed in terms of assistive devices for Finn.
On top of it all, the page said, Mike Loughran was recently in a car accident that totaled their car, and left them with only one vehicle, which is also in great need of repairs.
"We'd like to be able to help them use money raised toward the needed repairs on car one, but also put a down payment on a new car for Mike," the page said.
As of Friday afternoon, the page had raised $3,036 of a $25,000 goal.
To donate, click here.