Chapter 4 members at New Hampshire Hospital are raffling off Patriots tickets to help an SEA member’s daughter who has cerebral palsy and recently underwent surgery.
Alyssa Ball is the 7-year-old daughter of Michael Ball, who is a mental health worker on J Unit. She was diagnosed when she was 18 months old and recently underwent a selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery, a neurosurgical treatment for leg spasticity with a goal to increase mobility and encourage independent walking.
The second-grader was discharged from the hospital recently, after spending eight and a half weeks recovering from the procedure and undergoing intense physical therapy to build strength. Alyssa is currently in a wheelchair because she is easily fatigued. She will be in physical therapy five days a week both in school and outpatient.
Michael Ball said everyone at the hospital has been very supportive since he started there earlier this year.
“I didn’t have a ton of time that I could take off for the surgery, but my nurse coordinator was very good about flexing my time so I could be there more often than not,” he said. “When that was going on, a lot of people personally inquired and asked if we needed anything. It’s very close knit; everybody was always very concerned about her progress.”
As they always do, the members of Chapter 4 are rallying around one of their own. To help support the family, they are holding a raffle for a pair of tickets to see the New England Patriots play the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 29. The tickets, which are worth $411, are in the corner of the north end zone of Gillette Stadium. Raffle tickets are $5 and you can buy one from either Shelley Elmes or Laurie Aucoin. If you have a question, you can email Shelley at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laurie at email@example.com; you can also call Laurie at 271-5836.
Ball said in holding the fundraiser, his co-workers were going above and beyond.
“It’s a good feeling to know you work with a good crew of people, that if you’re really in a jam, there’s always somebody there you can count on,” Ball said.