ROXBURY, NJ – Donations from state Sen. Anthony R. Bucco and his son, state Assemblyman Anthony M. Bucco, pushed a fundraising effort on behalf of Lyme disease sufferer Christine Alecci Adamski to its $25,000 goal on Friday, said Roxbury Rotary Club President Steve Alford.
The Buccos’ donations weren’t exorbitant; “just a few hundred bucks,” said Alford. “I just told them how much we were short of the goal … We were near the end and they got us there.”
The money will help the Roxbury High School graduate pay for specialized treatment not covered by her health insurance.
Alford, in a letter, expressed thanks to all who helped the Roxbury High School Interact Club – an arm of the Rotary Club – in its effort to help Adamski.
“It was definitely a large amount of money for us to try and raise, so we need to thank a few people and organizations that really jumped on board and helped our cause,” he wrote. “First we need to thank (Roxbury Schools Superintendent) Dr. Patrick Tierney and Alysson Spargo who serve as the Roxbury Interact Club’s advisors and allowed our kids the freedom and support to run a campaign like this.”
Alford said 207 people donated money through a gofundme.com site set up by Interact Club member Kaila Mathis, who also suffered from a particularly tough case of Lyme disease and was treated by the same doctor being seen by Adamski.
“Kaila Mathis, president of the Roxbury Interact Club, was able to rally our 380-member student Interact Club to sell Team Christina bracelets and keep getting the word out about the gofundme site,” said Alford.
He also gave thanks to the girls and boys Roxbury High School soccer teams. Both dedicated games to Adamski and proceeds from those games to the Interact Club, Alford said. Additionally, a group of 7th graders at Eisenhower Middle School raised $1,308 by selling Team Christina bracelets at $1 apiece.
“The Roxbury Student Council jumped on board and dedicated the homecoming football game to sell Team Christina lime green shirts and raised approximately $2,000,” said Alford. “We also had a huge donation from local businessman Sam Maddali, owner of the Valley Pharmacy, in the amount of $1,800.”
Another donation came from ice cream sales at the recent Kindness for Christopher concert, said Alford.
“We live in an amazing town with amazing people and while I can’t speak for the Alecci family, I know that they have been touched by your efforts and hopefully we all did just enough to give Christina a chance to live a normal life again.”