Champagne breakfast to support handicapped-access ramp project

Hammonton Rotary ramp project web

Hammonton Rotary Club Secretary Bill Donahue, left, welcomes Boy Scout Brian Grant during a recent meeting of the Hammonton Rotary Club at Rocco’s Townhouse. Grant was on hand seeking support for an Eagle Scout project to build a handicapped access ramp for a local girl, Hannah Nicholas, who has multiple handicaps. Also pictured are Hannah’s father, Albert, second from right, and club member John Brilla.

HAMMONTON – The Hammonton Rotary Club’s annual champagne breakfast, scheduled for 8 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, at Rocco’s Townhouse in Hammonton, will help build a handicapped access ramp for a local family and their daughter who has multiple disabilities.
Five-year-old Hannah Nicholas, daughter of Albert and Margie Nicholas of Pleasant Mills Road in Hammonton, suffered a stroke while in the womb, leaving widespread damage to her brain. She suffers from cerebral palsy, a seizure disorder, GI issues, and has brittle bones.  Hannah is also mute and immobile with no means of leaving her house other than being carried.
The ramp will allow the family to get her in out of the house without having to remove her from her specialized chair.
Constant doctor visits, hospital stays, and enormous medical bills have posed a financial challenge for the family. Albert Nicholas, a union pipefitter, has been traveling to Tennessee for employment.
The project was brought to the Hammonton Rotary Club by Brian Grant of Sicklerville, a 17-year-old senior at Timber Creek High School and a member of Boy Scout Troop 3002. He has decided to champion the ramp as his Eagle Scout project.
Grant learned of the need in Hammonton from his mother who works at the medical daycare in Voorhees where the Nicholas’s take their daughter.
Breakfast tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under age 10. For tickets contact any club member or email hammontonrotary@gmail.com.

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