NORTH TONAWANDA —
Jodie Buckley, Schaus’s cousin who is serving as a family spokesperson, was elated when she discovered the now burgeoning effort.
“This is so exciting I can’t even believe it, there are so many wonderful people out there,” she said. “This is great.”
She said that Schaus, who underwent years of therapy to regain a semblance of his life after losing both of his legs in a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in 2009, is a humble man who is hesitant to accept assistance.
But the fact of the matter, she said, is that the Marine will have little to put in the house when he moves in — lacking furniture and other necessities.
Buckley also noted that since his television was stolen last week out of the bathroom of the home when a thief broke in through an unlocked window, an anonymous donor who would only identify themselves as a volunteer firefighter has offered to replace it with a donation.
“He needs too much for that house,” she said. “He needs everything. People we know want to help him out so they have just been sending him checks. We were trying to do a benefit for him and he doesn’t want one.”
It will be at least a month before Schaus can move into his home, Buckley said, after the final approval of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and a “key ceremony.” And in the meantime, Phillips said he’s going to carry on with fundraising.
“I’m going to continue and try to rally local Bills Backers out here and a few across the country,” he said.
Those interested in donating can contact Phillips at www.studiodiner.com.
at 693-1000, ext. 4115.
Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.