Among other worthwhile causes, Mayday Missions is proud to have supported these individuals, organizations, and endeavors:
Firefighter Natalie Dempsey
On Christmas morning in December 2018, 21-year-old Firefighter Natalie Dempsey was killed in a single-car crash while responding to an emergency call. Firefighter Dempsey had served as a volunteer firefighter for 3 years and was training to become a police officer.
Mayday Missions made a monetary donation to the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company in memory of Firefighter Natalie Dempsey.
In 2018, Geralyn “Gerry” Voorhis, a wife and mother from Westwood, NJ, was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakobs Disease (CJD) – an extremely rare and fatal brain disorder. She and her family served the Westwood Fire Department in various volunteer roles throughout many years. Gerry passed away on January 20, 2019.
Mayday Missions made a monetary donation and hosted a fundraising page to join with friends and family of Gerry’s to mimic her generosity and caring disposition, coming together to raise funds to assist Gerry and her family with caregiving costs and other related expenses.
Firefighter Frank Matagrano
In December 2017, 75-year-old Firefighter Frank Matagrano suffered a medical emergency while responding to a fire call that subsequently claimed his life. Firefighter Matagrano had served as a volunteer firefighter for some 43 years.
Mayday Missions made a monetary donation to the New Milford Volunteer Fire Department in memory of Firefighter Frank Matagrano.
Paul Reisinger, Jr.
Paul “Paulie” Reisinger, Jr. from Dumont, NJ, had been battling brain cancer nearly his entire life. But that didn’t stop him from playing baseball, soccer, and basketball on a special needs team. Though he has battled the complications from a malignant brain tumor for most of his young life, he and his family soldiered on. After the tumor reoccurred, the community came together to raise funds for then 7-year-old Paulie in 2017.
Mayday Missions made a monetary donation and attended a fundraiser organized by members of the Teaneck Police Department and PBA Local #215 to support Paulie and his family.
In 2016, 9-year-old Chase Balay from Creskill, NJ, was diagnosed with Gliomatosis Cerebri – an incurable brain tumor. He was a talented artist, scientist, dreamer, comedian, and a consummate snuggler. Chase passed away at home surrounded by his family on April 30, 2017.
Mayday Missions made a monetary donation and attended a fundraiser organized by members of the Cresskill Police Department and PBA Local #180 to support Chase and his family.