WESTFIELD, NJ — Friends of a well-known Westfield High School custodian are raising monies that will go toward the purchase of a wheelchair ramp for his daughter.

The GoFundMe page says custodian Mario Arana’s 18-year-old daughter, who is the oldest of three, requires the device so that she can get into car.

“His oldest daughter is wheelchair-bound and has grown too big at the age of 18 for her mother to lift her into the car,” the fundraising page states. “Mario’s family desperately needs a wheelchair ramp for her, which costs between 3 – 5,000 dollars.”

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The fundraising page describes a man who goes above and beyond his job duties.

“Mario is a custodian at Westfield High School, but he is so much more than that,” the GoFundMe states. “Behind the scenes, Mario is our mentor, guide, and advisor. He keeps us on the straight and narrow and encourages us all to do our best. He influences our decisions to stay clean and healthy without drugs.”

The Westfield Board of Education recognized Arana in June with the Robert and Linda Foose Memorial Award, named for a former principal and teacher, a news release from the district says.

“Great work. Greater person,” says one letter of nomination. “He always talks to the students and makes my and others’ day,” says another, according to the release.

For more information and to donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh

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