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Family, friends help Voorheesville student fight liver failure

Before Jimmy became sick, Pincheon worked for a local security systems company doing administrative work. However, she is currently not working, due to Jimmy's location and condition. Pincheon takes the train every week to Mt. Sinai, and then returns home to run errands and check on her son Jason, who is in college and living at home.

She says that Jimmy is never left alone at the hospital, and if she's not there, Jimmy's grandmother is.

Diane Ward, a Voorheesville resident who knew about the Pincheons from her son who was in the Marines with Justin Pincheon, reached out to help by starting The Jimmy Pincheon Fund, where donations can be made to help the Pincheons through their crisis.

Ward has a daughter in the second grade, and has been active in the local community as vice president of Blue Star Mothers of America. She didn't hesitate to help Pincheon when her son told her about Jimmy.

"I was like, what can I do to help you, and just kind of snowballed from there," she said.

Ward has already set up a few fundraisers for the Jimmy Pincheon Fund, including a music festival that took place at Voorheesville High School on Saturday, July 14th, and a car wash at Nichols Market on Sunday, July 22 that raised $1,720 for the Jimmy Pincheon Fund.

Many students and parents in the area have posted comments for Jimmy on CaringBridge.org, a nonprofit organization that offers personalized Web sites for family and friends to keep in touch with a loved one during a significant life event. Ward says the response from the local community has been uplifting.

"Everybody wants to see him better. You can see all the good wishes on the Web site," she said. "It's good to see the community has given so much to Jimmy."

Ward recently visited Jimmy at Mt. Sinai, and says he is in good spirits.

"He always has a smile, he's really handling this so well," she said.

To post a comment for Jimmy, visit his Web site at www.caringbridge.org.

To make donations to the Jimmy Pincheon Fund at First Niagara Bank or find out about future fundraisers, contact 495-2096.

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