VFW fundraiser inspired by boy with cerebral palsy

"The reason he [Nicholas] has cerebral palsy is because he was born with brain bleeds, and that affected his learning ability and created a strain and tightness in his legs," said Fox.

She noted that his condition is improving with intensive therapy.

"He's doing really well," she said. "He received a lot of therapy between speech, physical therapy, occupational therapy - a teacher comes in for him. We have a walker that was lent to us so he's able to walk with that for the most part. He has leg braces that help support him, but overall he's doing really good."

Fox tends bar at the VFW Post a few days a week, where her grandfather is a member and her grandmother was a member until she died recently.

"Before my grandmother had passed away, all they ever did was speak of my son, so before I started [working] at the VFW they knew who we were and took an interest in Nicholas because he fought for his life, and everybody at this bar loves him," said Fox.

There will be a spaghetti and meatball dinner, tossed salad, bread and birthday cake for dessert, as well as a raffle containing gift certificates for haircuts and other beauty treatments, as well as items from gas stations and more.

The VFW Hilderland-Davis Post 1895 is at 609 Draper Ave., Schenectady. For information on the event, call 382-1669. ""

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