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Weitsmans donate a 'Room to Heal'

New room for 9-Year Old with Cystic Fibrosis in Tioga County

A Room to Heal, a non-profit organization announced that Adam and Kim Weitsman of Skaneateles have donated funds to underwrite the cost to renovate, furnish and decorate the home bedroom of Thomas Briggs, a 9-year old boy suffering from Cystic Fibrosis. Thomas, who lives with his parents and sister in the town of Apalachin, New York is afflicted with one of the most chronic lung diseases affecting children and young adults.

Responding to the donation, Thomas' parents, Tom and Tracey Briggs released a joint statement: "We wanted to thank Adam Weitsman and his wife Kim for sponsoring Thomas' bedroom. They are extremely generous especially in these financial times. It's great to know that there are people out there that want to help others."

A Room to Heal is coordinating efforts and marshaling volunteers to transform Thomas' room from one of a toddler to a big-boys room. The total makeover will include new wall and ceiling finishes, a ceiling fan, all new furniture, bedding and accessories, and according to Thomas' wishes heavily themed in his favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees.

"Adam and Kim Weitsman are doing this purely from the generosity in their hearts. They want to give something back to their community and have identified our organization as a place for them to help others," said Linda Salomons, co-founder of A Room to Heal.

Thomas, a 4th grader at Tioga Hills Elementary School desperately fights to stay healthy. During hot weather, the school provides him with air conditioning and air purification because he is highly susceptible to allergies, and he must constantly avoid exposure to sicknesses and germs.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. Twice each day he must do a minimum of 30-minutes of respiratory therapy, some days requiring up to two hours, take over 25 pills a day and maintain a special diet high in fat and salt to maintain body weight. Four times a year,

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