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Man with Deadly Disease and His Deaf Stepdaughter Given Heartwarming Surprise Worth $80K

Human kindness is one of those things that is as valuable as it is vital. It’s such a simple thing and yet one that we never tire of hearing about.

A 49-year-old man in New York who suffers from ALS recently experienced one such act of kindness from a group that went above and beyond to meet his family’s needs.

Keith Mauro can’t walk or work to provide for his family since the devastating diagnosis. “I was holding onto walls, and taking falls,” Mauro told WLNY.

Mauro lives with his wife and 12-year-old stepdaughter Olivia, who is deaf. Their Port Jefferson Station home was very much in need of handicap-accessible upgrades now that Mauro depends on a wheelchair to get around.

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The family couldn’t afford the upgrades, so Rescuing Families stepped in. The charity aims to help disabled or financially struggling people like Mauro with repairs in their homes.

Not only did Rescuing Families give Mauro’s home a handicap-accessible bathroom, but they surprised the family with new floors, paint, a deck and landscaping.

“How do you repay for something like this? We’ll be friends for life…” Mauro told WCBS News Radio 880. “They made such a big difference in our life.”

Do you know a family who could benefit from a charity like Rescuing Families?

“You don’t have to have a lot of money to help out, you just have to have the love and the will to want to help your neighbors,” Gina Centauro told WLNY. “We believe in neighbors helping neighbors.”

According to the news outlet, this neighborly gesture cost Rescuing Families around $80,000 to complete — but they’re not stopping with Keith. The charity hopes to help renovate eight houses total in 2019.

“What joy was felt for Keith, Karen & Olivia!” co-founder Gina Centauro wrote on Facebook following the emotional surprise. “We were so happy to finally have them home & to be able to help make their lives a little easier. They have become family to us as we can’t wait to see them enjoy their newly [renovated] home.”

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Mauro and his family are beyond grateful for the new changes to their home, but they still need help with medical bills and other costs accrued because of this man’s disability.

To reach out or make a donation, please visit Keith Mauro’s GoFundMe page and please keep him and his family in your prayers.

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Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.
Sarah Carri is an avid reader and social media guru with a passion for truth and life. Her writing has previously been published in print and online by Focus on the Family and other well known media outlets. Her experience in ministry and Disney entertainment gives her a unique perspective on such topics.

Sarah's experience as a successful working stay-at-home mom and business owner has given her the chance to write and research often. She stays up to date on the latest in entertainment and offers her views on celebrity stories based on her wide knowledge of the industry. Her success as a former preschool teacher and licensed daycare provider lend to her know-how on topics relating to parenting and childhood education.

Her thoughts on faith and family issues stem from home life and ministry work. Sarah takes time to attend workshops and classes annually that help her to improve and hone her writing craft. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature program and her writing has been acclaimed by ACFW and ECPA.
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Institute of Children's Literature, Art Institute of Phoenix (Advertising), University of California Irvine (Theater), Snow College (Early Childhood Education)
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