Alumni, Staff & Students Collaborate to Provide Student with New Wheelchair

Alumni, Staff & Students Collaborate to Provide Student with New Wheelchair

A rainy day was made bright when sophomore Meg Moore ’19 received a surprise gift resulting from the generosity of the Fairfield University community.

Moore has cerebral palsy and relies on a wheelchair for mobility and to attend class. Department of Public Safety officer Sgt. Rob Diddato recently noticed her seven-year-old wheelchair was in urgent need of repair. Sgt. Diddato spearheaded fundraising beginning with an on-campus Super Bowl watch party, and students raised approximately $7,500 to put towards the purchase of a new wheelchair.

Additional online fundraising contributed to the more than $40,000 required to purchase the specialized medical equipment.

Two Fairfield alumni, Robert Berchem ’62 and Bryan LeClerc ’84, attorneys and partners in the law firm Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C., represented the family pro bono and negotiated with the wheelchair vendor and manufacturer to obtain a substantial discount.

Moore is a Dean’s List student, a member of the Fairfield University Varsity Pep Band, the campus Literary Club, and Campus Ministry. She recently founded a new club on the Fairfield campus, the Yes You Can Club, which currently has 80 members. Its purpose is to send Fairfield students into the community to meet with cancer patients and disabled individuals to provide support.