ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Roselle Park resident Miguel Martinez, age 22, was paralyzed from the waist down when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in July of 2016. As a marine reservist, Martinez was gainfully employed by the military. Unfortunately, as a result of the accident, he was discharged and is now unemployed.

Roselle Park 24/7 "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" program is having a fundraiser for the former RPHS graduate to raise money to help pay for the cost to retrofit Martinez’s van to allow him to drive and live more independently.

An plea from the Go Fund Me Page for Martinez states,

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“In July 13, 2016 I was involved in a motorcycle crash that resulted in me breaking my back and shoulder. I am now in a wheelchair and need help raising money to modify my van so that I could get to work and hopefully return to my military job. 

I have also lived in Roselle Park almost my entire life, I graduated from Roselle Park High school in 2013 and joined the USMC in 2015 to serve my county. I have only been in for 2 years and this unfortunate accident happened to me. Any donation would help me reach my goal and maybe just maybe help me get back into the world.” 

On Saturday, June 17, from 4 to 7p.m., at 824 Larch Street, Roselle Park 24/7 will be raising money to help pay for the costs to retrofit Martinez’s van to allow him to drive and live more independently. 

It is advised to bring a lawn chair. Food and entertainment will be provided, and a $20 minimum donation is requested. 

*Roselle Park 24/7 is part of Roselle 24/7 and owned by TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park Publisher, Kathy Lloyd.