Fundraiser Set For Dunmore Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, staff writer Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Dunmore resident Mike Giordano turned 31 on Friday, a milestone celebrated by his parents, Mike and Paula, and his little sisters, Gabrielle, Nina and Medea. His family is proud of the dedicated dad to his pups, Winchester and Luna, and Knuckles the feline. Giordano, a history enthusiast, traveler and pasta eater, is known for his love of music, shared in performances with several area bands. His friends and loved ones are grateful he made it to this birthday after he was critically injured in a motorcycle accident in Scranton on Nov. 6, which has required two surgeries so far to repair a broken femur and pelvis and lacerated liver and spleen. Giordano’s other acute and myriad injuries will need to be addressed in extensive physical therapy once he is released from the hospital.
What: An ongoing GoFundMe campaign is raising money for Giordano, while physical checks payable to his mother, Paula Giordano, may be mailed to 1114 N. Irving Ave., Dunmore, PA 18510. Supporters have organized a benefit concert called A Day of Music for Mike, which will feature performances by local bands Friends of the Family, DOUR, Earthmouth and more to be announced — with a T-shirt sale in the works — on the Facebook event page. The event also will include a cash bar and basket raffles.
When: Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.
Where: Border Bar, 170 Laurel Plaza, Pittston
Why: A spackler by trade, Giordano won’t be able to return to the physical demands of his job for quite some time. Proceeds will be used to cover his living expenses and ongoing medical needs so that he doesn’t have to worry about money while he focuses on healing.
In their own words: “We are amazed and humbled by the outpouring of love and support from everyone already. People really come together when the chips are down.” — Paula Giordano, mother ; “My brother is incredibly generous and has always gone out of his way to help someone that needs it. Our family and friends are doing what we can, but now that he’s in a position where he won’t be able to work for a while, we’re hoping the community can band together and help him get on his feet again like he’s done for all of us.” — Medea Giordano, sister
Update: A pair of benefit concerts have been announced for Dickson City resident John Paul Stoffey, who shared the story of his Stage IV glioblastoma diagnosis in this column last week. Supporters can help by attending Jammin for John KISSmas on Sunday, Dec. 23, starting at noon, at either Thirst T’s Bar & Grill in Olyphant or the V-Spot in Scranton. More than a dozen bands will perform at the two venues to raise money for the Stoffey family. Visit the Facebook event pages for updates and more information.