Fairfield, CT, March 18, 2016 – The Needs Clearing House, a Greenwich-based service agency, is leading the charge for a seven-year-old girl suffering from a rare form of muscular dystrophy. Cintia Balog lives with her family in Bridgeport after immigrating from their native Hungary. Since learning about Cintia’s medical needs, Joe Kaliko of The Needs Clearing House has spent the last six weeks raising money and arranging for the purchase of or the commitment to donate more than $4,000 worth of durable medical supplies including braces for her legs and back.
The Building Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization affiliated with the Home Builders and Remodelers Association (HBRA) of Fairfield County was among the charitable foundations assisting with this cause with a donation of $1,500.
The Student Nurses Assn of Connecticut and Sacred Heart University who are evaluating how they can help Cintia, also gave the youngster a giant teddy bear. A review of Cintia’s medical history by world class genetic scientists, including Dr. Marc Lalande of the University of Connecticut and Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Charles Lee of Jackson Labs, also has been arranged. It is hoped the scientists will be able to identify genetic tests to help chart a course of treatment for Cintia's disease. Kaliko said, “The family had been quoted (a price of) over $30,000 for such genetic tests which are likely to now be performed at little or no cost.
The Building Hope Foundation assists Fairfield County families, low to moderate income, with special needs children, adults and/or veterans, that need primary or additional access inside or outside of their homes, whether owned or rental properties. For over 10 years BHF has been building handicap accessible ramps for underprivileged families and veterans, and elevators for clients of St. Vincent’s Special Needs Center. BHF collaborates with other non-profits, The Needs Clearing House Inc., Habitat for Humanity and the Disability Resource Network.
If you would like to help, please contact either the Building Hope Foundation at 203-335-7008 or The Needs Clearing House at www.theneedsclearinghouse.org or 203-629-5555.
Check presentation to Cintia and her family. Senator Richard Blumenthal, Mayor Joseph Ganim, Joe Kaliko, Needs Clearing House, Andrew La Sala, Building Hope Foundation
Balog Family, Andrew La Sala, President of Building Hope Foundation Board, Sacred Heart Nursing Students