Positively Upstate: Company donation helps terminally ill woman
A terminally ill East Greenbush woman is spending her last days in a little more comfort thanks to the generosity; giving her an air conditioning unit she couldn’t afford.
Terry Hobbs, a residential sales consultant at Roland J. Down, says it all started as a routine call to give a customer an estimate on an air conditioning system. When he met the homeowner, Hobbs says everything changed.
“Her nurse was sitting there, and she’s like ‘I have less than 3 years to live. If I over-heat, I pass out. I can die.’” Hobbs recalls the woman saying. “I’m like, this is someone I want to help.”
Inspecting the house, he saw the system the homeowner had in place wasn’t working and summer temperatures were rising. What’s more, it wasn’t going to be a small job. An entirely new system needed to be installed which cost around $22-25 thousand dollars.
“I knew she wasn’t going to be able to afford it because it wasn’t in the budget.” Hobbs says.
Calling his company manager, Hobbs described the situation. Together, Roland J. Down was able to get the air conditioning unit installed at no cost at all. Lennox supplied the outdoor AC unit and indoor air handler and R.E. Michel Company the duct work. Roland J. Down installed all the equipment.
“This isn’t the first time we’ve done this and certainly won’t be the last time.” Says David Snare, Sales Manager at Roland J. Down. “But we just want to do our part for the community.”