MONTVILLE, NJ – Karen Arakelian, President of the Montville UNICO Foundation presented Frank Cooney with a check for $1,000 for local resident Michelle Wordelmann, who was diagnosed with cancer recently.

The charity organization, whose motto is “service above self,” works to fulfill the Montville Township community’s needs through financial support or goods and services, according to its website. They conduct fundraisers and events throughout the year toward that end.

According to information from a GoFundMe site that Cooney set up for the Wordlemann family, Michelle’s cancer started in the breast but then spread through her body.

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“She has had several surgeries, but then while she was in the hospital, she broke her hip and has not been able to get out of bed,” Cooney wrote.

Wordelmann was in rehab a few days a week for the last two months but then the insurance funding for that treatment has ended.

“She has been confined to her bed since the end of April and is staying at a facility in Lincoln Park,” Cooney wrote.

A local doctor is writing an appeal to Wordelmann’s insurance company to ask for continuance of coverage, according to Cooney.

“She’s very hopeful and confident that she will beat this cancer,” Cooney said. “She is reacting very well to chemo and radiation. But it has taken a toll on her family financially. They have a $6,000 out-of-pocket deductible for medical treatment. Michele and her husband Fred’s son is starting sixth grade in September and we are hoping to purchase some school supplies for him. Michele has long been a big supporter of community events and fundraisers. She’s overwhelmed by the amount of support she’s been getting from the community.” 

Cooney said checks could also be dropped off at his business, Metro Pet Supply, located at 19 Main Road/Route 202. The link to the GoFundMe is: Michele.