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‘Home Away From Home’

Eastside Y Accepting Of Family’s Three Children

October 21, 2012
By Bill Price - United Way of Southern Chautauqua County communications coordinator , The Post-Journal

Misty Freeman is a single mother of three who lights up every time she talks about her kids. Fifteen year-old Matthew is a sophomore at Jamestown High School. Twelve-year-old Ryan is in seventh grade at George Washington Middle School, and 10-year-old Rebecca is a fifth-grader at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Tackling the job of raising three healthy kids alone would be hard enough, but for Misty it's especially difficult. Matthew suffers from Still's disease, a rare autoimmune disorder, and Ryan has been diagnosed with ADHD and autism. Rebecca, the only child without a diagnosis, finds herself striving for the attention her two brothers so desperately need. This is the reality facing Misty Freeman. This is also why the Eastside Y has been such a godsend.



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