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April 3, 2013

Saturday benefit invites a community rally for Rossellis

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — An overwhelmed son is hoping the community will help him help his parents.

A fundraiser will be held Saturday at the South Lockport Volunteer Fire Co. hall for Lee and Rose Rosselli, a city couple who remain hospitalized in Buffalo five months after an SUV turned into their motorcycle on South Transit Road and nearly killed them both.

The benefit is being put on by Matt Rosselli, who says he needs all the help he can get covering the bills that are coming with his dad’s and mom’s recovery.

Lee Rosselli lost one of his legs and suffered a broken back, and Rose Rosselli suffered a traumatic brain injury, as a result of the SUV-motorcycle collision Oct. 25 in front of Valu Home Center plaza.

Neither Lee, a disability-retired construction worker, nor Rose, a former cleaning service operator, was expected to survive their injuries when they were brought to Erie County Medical Center last year. Matt says his aunt pushed him to think about about funeral arrangements for his parents when trauma physicians pronounced them both unlikely to get off life support.

The Rossellis bested the physicians’ initial dire predictions, but after more than a dozen surgeries apiece, Lee and Rose both are faced with life-altering physical challenges.

Lee has been fitted for a prosthetic leg and he’s presently learning how to walk with it. In the interim, he’s getting around in a wheelchair, and he may be able to leave ECMC for good by May — but his and Rose’s two-story old-style Clinton Street home is in no way handicap-accessible at the moment.

Making it that way will cost the cash-strapped family tens of thousands of dollars that they don’t have, according to Matt.

Making matters more complicated, the Rossellis are ineligible for subsidized home nursing care. Lee’s monthly Supplemental Social Security income is exactly $2 too much for either him — or brain-injured Rose — to receive that critical assistance once they’re released from ECMC.

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