In Whitehall, supporters of an 11-year-old boy diagnosed with a rare and terminal brain cancer have raised more than $22,500 toward a $30,000 goal as of Friday through a GoFundMe page to help offset expenses related to his care. John Francis Hoague-Rivette has seen an outpouring of support and love from service members across the country since his devastating diagnosis earlier this year. While insurance is covering the cost of his medical treatment, donations to the GoFundMe page will allow his mom, Carrie, to stay by John’s side during treatment and cover travel, food, mortgage, car payment and other expenses while she is out of work. In addition, John is asking members of the law enforcement, EMS, firefighting and military communities to send him patches, coins and pins as he convalesces at home. He was made a captain by the Washington County Sheriff’s Department in May and was visited by dozens of uniformed emergency responders at his hospital room. To send John a patch, coin or pin, mail it to: Captain John Francis Hoague-Rivette, PO Box 6, Whitehall, NY 12887.
In Voorheesville, several local leaders were recognized for their service by the Capital Area Council of Churches, as part of the 78th Anniversary Awards Celebration, “Building Bridges.” The event, held at the Albany Country Club last month, honored Deacon Walter Ayers, Humera Khan and Rabbi Beverly Magidson with the Reverend Caryle Adams Ecumenical and Interfaith Award, which is presented in honor the late Rev. Adams, a foremost promoter of the ecumenical movement in the Albany area. The award is presented to individuals who exemplify his inclusive spirit, work to build bridges among religious groups and is active in an ecumenical program or project. Others recognized by the organization were Rev. Phillip Grigsby and Rev. Donna Elia.
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