Help a Summit Resident Who Has Made a Life of Helping Others

Longtime Summit Billy MacAdam has made helping people a priority in his life. Billy recently retired as Captain of the Summit Auxiliary Police Department.  You may have seen him at Summit events like the Easter Egg Hunt, Memorial Day Parade, 4th of July fireworks, National Night Out, and the Turkey Drive before Thanksgiving… just to name a few.

Recently, Billy was beaten to within an inch of his life when he stooped to help two strangers on Route 24 who appeared to be stranded. The intoxicated stranger viscously turned on Billy, broke Billy’s leg, his hip and caused serious bleeding on his brain.  For most of us, this would be a traumatic life changing event; for Billy, who had a heart transplant 8 years ago, and is now on dialysis, and in need of a kidney transplant, this is just more bad luck.

Billy has been in rehab and unable to work.  Additionally, he has also lost his apartment and is now homeless and temporarily, until he gets back on his feet, living with his brother.  Before the incident, Billy was able to work a few hours a day as a crossing guard which, in addition to his disability check was barely sustaining him.

The little Other Fellow First, which exists to assist Summit families in distress is helping Billy get back on his feet and secure enough financing for him to find an apartment and deal with his crushing load of expenses.

If you’re interested in helping or would like to help spread the word, go to Billy MacFadden.

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Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."