Archive for January, 2006

FHF Makes Grant To Fan In Bethlehem, PA

Monday, January 16th, 2006

Fans Helping Fans, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to helping Philadelphia Eagles fans in financial need, recently made its second grant of the 2005-2006 season, continuing the pace set last season in its highly successful inaugural year.

Coach Bill Shuey, John Fenstermacher and John's sister sporting some Eagles and FHF gear.

John Fenstermacher

On January 16, 2006, Fans Helping Fans traveled to Bethlehem, PA, where Board members, accompanied by Philadelphia Eagles coach Bill Shuey, presented a grant to the family of John Fenstermacher, a young man with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease).   The $1,000.00 grant went toward repairs John’s parents had made to the lift-equipped van they use to move John around, and toward John’s daily medical and nursing needs.

“ALS is a debilitating disease,” explained Jeff Rumble a minister in California and  Chair of FHF’s Grant Distribution Committee.  “It develops progressively and eventually takes away a patient’s ability to walk, move one’s limbs and talk.  The van John’s parents needed to have repaired is the one way that John could continue to get out in the community to see not only his beloved Eagles when they had training camp nearby at Lehigh, but also see the many former students and players he had coached.”

Among those he had coached in high school was Bill Shuey, now one of the Eagles’ offensive assistants and quality control coaches.   All FHF grant applications require a sponsor who knows the applicant and can vouch for the applicant’s situation.   Coach Shuey was the sponsor for the grant and took time from his busy off-season to attend the grant presentation.

“We are thrilled that in the two years we have been making grants, we have been able to lend a hand to Eagles fans in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Florida,” said Jeff Rumble.  “We’re proud that our fan support comes from Eagles fans all over the country and world, that our Board members are from all over the country and that we can help Eagles fans no matter where they live.”

“As long as there are Eagles fans out there who need a hand,” said Jeff Rumble, “we’ll keep trying to help.”