2014-07-24 / Opinion

The Road to Recovery

To the Editor:

I just wanted to say how proud I am of Newport This Week for kicking off a media frenzy with the story on Braden Leonard’s struggle to get back to work as a firefighter. The article by Jack Kelly paved the path of interest by other media, including the Providence Journal, the local NBC and ABC affiliates, and most recently hitting national coverage with the Huffington Post (7/20/14).

Braden is driven to go back to work saving lives and he will stop at nothing until he succeeds. What Braden needs is a custom prosthetic in order to achieve the physical skills required of a first responder. Sadly, it will be very expensive.

My wife and I are working with Braden on his first fundraising event to be held July 30 at Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton starting at 6 p.m. including a BBQ, three bands and featured guest, James Montgomery.

We could use some volunteers to donate side dishes and desserts but what we really need is for people to come out to the event or step up and make donations to: Braden Leonard Fund, c/o Johnston Firefighters Local 1950, 1520 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI 02919.

Saving people in distressed situations is just a part of who Braden is. Let’s help him get back to work.

For more info on how you can help, contact me or my wife at 401- 619-5515. Bob and Pam Howard


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