Last year, they raised $9,000 to help 1979 Bay Shore High School graduate Andy Loughlin recover from a brain stem stroke that left him physically paralyzed — though his mind remains in full function.
The stroke happened in April of 2016. His childhood friend, Nick Pappanicholas, has since stepped up to help, leading the efforts to ease Loughlin’s discomfort and troubles.
Pappanicholas and his friends are at it again this fall. On Oct. 7, they will be holding The 2nd Annual Andy Loughlin Fundraiser Oktoberfest at The Jon Thomas Inne.
Pappanicholas, also a 1979 Bay Shore grad, previously told GreaterBayShore the goal is to raise local awareness and funds for the Loughlin family’s troubles, even though they live now in California, citing that medical insurance doesn’t do enough to cover costs associated with a complex recovery process.
“With paralysis, progress is slow,” he had told us. That is why I’m doing what I’m doing.”
100% of all money being raised goes directly to Andy and Annette Loughlin to help pay medical bills and provide Andy Loughlin with rehabilitation therapy.
Jon Thomas Inne is located at 91 Howells Road in Brightwaters (map below). The fundraiser starts at noon on Oct. 7, which is a Saturday. There will be food, beer, raffles and fun.
Can’t make it?
Anyone can make a donation online by clicking here.
Email email@example.com or call Nick Pappanicholas at 516-528-6716.
Top: Andy Loughlin with his brothers John (back) and Rob (front) on Labor Day of 2016.