About 100 members of the Jordan-Elbridge community gathered last night in front of the McCabe home, 20 N. Main St., Jordan, to pray for one of their own.
Matt McCabe, 52, received a heart transplant Nov. 16 and is in critical condition. A father of five, Matt has lived in Jordan with his wife, Gayle, a teacher in the JE school district, for 23 years.
Following a prayer service led by Father DeLorenzo, Brianna Duger led the community in a singing of "Amazing Grace." Those gathered then sang "Happy Birthday" to Matt and his son, also Matt, a freshman at Jordan-Elbridge; both were born on Nov. 21.
Kris Maitland-Humphreys, who organized the vigil, heard wonderful news from Gayle later that night that assured her their prayers had not gone unnoticed.
"During the end of our prayer vigil last night, the left side of Matt's heart started beating on its own," Maitland-Humphreys said.
Matt is being treated at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston in the company of Gayle, their five children and other friends and family members. Updates on Matt's health are posted regularly to Matt's Facebook page, "Heart4Matt."
While the McCabe family has benefitted from generous monetary support from the community, they could still use help paying for non-medical expenses incurred as they stay by Matt's side. Donations can be made via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in the form of a check addressed to Gayle McCabe c/o Deb Gregory 642 Woburn St., Wilmington, Mass. 01887.