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Family Turns Grief into Gratitude

Published Friday Jun 26, 2020

In an effort to repay the kindness shown their family by Catholic Medical Center (CMC) in Manchester, Angela Daneault and her siblings Randy and Kevin Johnson, whose father Rene Johnson died of COVID-19 in May, worked with the United Way to purchase more than 3,000 face masks to distribute to the public at Brady Sullivan Plaza.

During their father’s illness, CMC nurses would hold messages up to the window in the father's room for his family gathered in the park below. The family was unable to be at the father's bedside due to hospital COVID regulations. So they relied on messages and updates from nurses on dad's condition. Ultimately, the news of his passing was also communicated to the family by way of the nurse’s window message.

“We are deeply grateful for all of the amazing staff at CMC who went above and beyond to help our family,” says Daneault. “We are continuing to collect donations and deliver meals to the CMC staff to show our support for all of their hard work, but the one thing they really want is for everyone to just wear a mask.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Angela, her family, and Brady Sullivan on this important initiative. Easy access to face masks is one of the best ways we know of to fight the spread and resurgence of COVID-19. We are just pleased to be able to have the opportunity to partner on this project” said United Way of Greater Nashua President Mike Apfelberg.

Brady Sullivan Properties donated $500 toward the purchase of masks and hosted the Johnson Family community mask giveaway at thier downtown site.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Johnson family and all of the amazing health care staff on the front lines of this pandemic,” says Arthur Sullivan, president of Brady Sullivan Properties. “We realize that everyone is eager to get back to work and for life to return to normal, but it’s important that we all do what we can to protect ourselves and each other against the ongoing threat this virus."


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