Businesses step in to help Endicott woman battling serious illness

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ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Several businesses in the Southern Tier are stepping in to help an Endicott woman with serious medical issues who needs to live in a sterile environment.

Last month, 12 News told you about Leah Jalbert who has mast cell activation syndrome, which causes her immune system to attack everything, even germs she didn’t previously have a problem with.

Her family began building a sterile structure on their property so she can begin the treatments necessary to survive the illness, but they were forced to ask for help when funds ran out.

Now, with the help of area businesses, the critically-important space is beginning to take shape.

Video captured on May 11 shows local companies J. Hulslander Custom Concrete and Barney and Dickenson pouring a concrete foundation on the Endicott property.

Leah tells 12 News the following businesses have donated supplies and/or services as of Wednesday, May 22:

Barney and Dickenson
Best Buy Metals
Dal Tile
Del Conca USA
Isaiah Industries
J. Hulslander Custom Concrete
James Hardie (waiting on delivery)
Lowes (Vestal and Binghamton stores)
M and M Construction
Pella Windows
Sharkskin Underlayment Roofing
Schluter

Community members can make an online donation to help the Jalbert family finish construction on the structure. To donate, click here.

Learn more about Leah’s story: Local family needs your help, Endicott woman battling serious illness

VIDEO COURTESY: Leah Jalbert

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