Rotary Club Helps Framingham Girl, 2, Breathe A Little Easier

FRAMINGHAM – The Rotary Club of Framingham, serving Holliston, Hopkinton, Ashland, and Framingham, presented its second Random Act of Kindness award to a little girl suffering from a number of serious physical and developmental problems, including severe breathing difficulty stemming from a mutation of the pign gene.

The club’s provision of a portable oxygen concentrator for Bialennys Polanco Mercado, now 2 years old, will make travel with her mother Yanitsa to doctors and hospitals for treatment, much easier than with
the very heavy, bulky unit they have been using.

The new oxygen unit cost $2,595, said the Rotary Club of Framingham, who presented it to the family last month.

Earlier, the Rotary Club supplied an oxygen concentrator to Yanitsa Mercado’s young niece, who suffers from a similar genetic mutation. So it was not surprising that Yanitsa looked to the Rotary Club to help deal with what turns out to be a shared family problem.

Framingham Rotary Club Random Acts of Kindness Awards are given to individuals who have demonstrated an acute need of financial assistance that is not met from another source, or in response to an urgent situation.

Examples of other qualified individuals include a family displaced by a fire, flood, or other disaster.

The Rotary Club of Framingham’s devotion to community service can be measured by the non-profits and individuals it has supported financially, and with hands-on service, for almost a century, including: the MetroWest
YMCA; Pearl Street Food Pantry; Callahan Senior Center; seniors in public housing; Boys and Girls Club; college scholarships for high school seniors; collections for the Special Olympics; Natick VNA; and many, many more.


Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Framingham

Pictured: Young Bialennys Polanco Mercado and her mother Yanitsa, with the new portable oxygen concentrator, and Tom Sturiale, Co-President of the Framingham Rotary Club, who facilitated the award.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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