The Roger Senecal Endowment Fund
The Roger Senecal Endowment Fund exists because of the North Country's love for children, particularly when a child is in need. Income generated by the fund is used to help pay for transportation and housing expenses incurred by an ill or injured child's family in order to be near the child when vital care is being given.
Roger Senecal, the son of Roger and Pat Senecal, was born in 1974 with liver disease. Although not expected to survive, he bravely struggled through life quietly until 1983. The story of his sole hope for survival, a liver transplant, became known and appealed to the generosity of North Country residents.
Through the efforts of many, headed by Harold Trantham of the Non-Commissioned Officers Club, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, and Champlain Valley Federal Savings Bank, more than $65,000 was raised. In July of 1984, Roger received a liver transplant at Pittsburgh Children's Hospital. Fortuitously, insurance covered medical expenses. The following summer, Roger developed chicken pox and died of complications on July 13, 1985. The money donated by area residents to pay for Roger's care has been used to create an endowment administered by the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center. It serves as a lasting memorial to a brave little boy and to the charitable side of mankind.
Residents of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin counties are eligible for consideration. The person for whom medical expenses are incurred must be 19 years of age or younger.
Applications will be evaluated and approved by a committee appointed by the Foundation of CVPH Medical Center. Financial need is the primary determinant upon which application will be weighed. The size of the grants is limited to the income generated by the endowment fund on a quarterly basis. Grants are awarded on an equal opportunity basis regardless of sex, color, race, creed, or religion.
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