Everyone in Westport knows Patty Strauss.
In over 20 years as town clerk, she’s helped all of us at one point with her many duties: managing all public records (land, meetings, births, marriages, deaths), licenses (marriage, dog, fish and game), and elections.
She’s passionate about her job, patient to the point of sainthood, and brings life and light to all of Town Hall.
Now she needs our help.
Her son Greg — a longtime Westporter, and former Staples High School football and lacrosse player — suffered a cliff jumping accident last month. He’s 22, and after graduating from Virginia Tech in January had started his dream job: crewing on a Caribbean yacht.
His back was fractured in the jump. Fortunately, he was stabilized enough to be quickly airlifted back from Grenada to the US.
In Florida, Greg’s back was repaired. He then endured several surgeries to repair the compound fractures and soft tissue damage to his right foot and ankle.
However, to give Greg the best hope to enjoy a pain-free and active life, his right foot was amputated below the knee.
Insurance will cover many of his medical bills, but not all. The cost of prosthetics will be significant, and an ongoing financial burden.
The Strausses have always given back to their neighbors, strangers and the entire town. They did not ask for this help. But friends have set up a GoFundMe link that will show how much we appreciate all Patti and her family have done for all of us: https://www.gofundme.com/greg-needs-a-new-right-foot