In my last column we told the story of 2-year-old Delaney Newton and how so many have offered what help they can as she battles brain cancer.
On Oct. 27 some more people helped Delaney's family. The employees of Service Champions, an area heating and air conditioning company volunteered their time on a Sunday to install a surgical-grade filtration system and new duct work in the Newtons' home, free of charge.
Because Delaney needs to undergo chemotherapy all year, her immune system will be compromised, so having cleaner air at home will be very important.
Service Champions employee Nick Borchers, who is a close friend of the Newtons, told his boss, Kevin Comerford, that he would like to donate his time to install a new HVAC system at the Newton home. His boss told him he would give him his support.
"He came to me and told me about Delaney, and said he would be willing to install it for free. Right away, six other people said they would donate their time."
By the end of the day, 11 Service Champions employees and Comerford himself had volunteered to come to the Newtons' house on their day off and install the system. The installation took about six hours, and Comerford says that his employees who participated feel great to have done their part to help the family.
"It's been just such an amazing thing," said Comerford. "Delaney and her dad sent us a video thanking us."
Coincidentally, when Delaney's mother, Janice, was 23 years old, she and her siblings were given housing improvements from ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." Janice lost her mother and stepfather within a few months of each other, and she had to help raise five younger siblings.
Comerford, who lives in Pleasanton, said he remembered the ABC show featuring Janice and her siblings and was moved at how much support Delaney is getting now. Comerford said Service Champions plans on making a regular practice of his employees helping three Bay Area families every three months.
To donate to help Delaney and her family, go to http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/team-delaney. For more information on how to help Delaney and her family, go to http://delaneynewton.blogspot.com or visit the Team Delaney page on Facebook. The owners of Sauced in downtown Livermore are hosting a fundraiser on Wednesday with a silent auction and raffle. Since my last column I have already received many emails from people wanting to buy a Team Delaney shirt or show support in some other way.
Contact Patrick Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.