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Benefit for North East Fire Victim

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Donna Chatfield describes 2013 as one of the most difficult years of her life.

"Being in a wheelchair is bad enough, but going through the tragedy on top of it, it's really been difficult." said Chatfield.

Back in November, just days before Thanksgiving, Chatfield's house in North East was destroyed by fire.

"The first emotion that I felt was devastation," said Chatfield.  "I could see all my memories go up in flames...then I just looked over to my grandson and Michael and I realized I didn't lose the most important things."

But then, just before Christmas, Michael Wroblewski, her partner and companion of 26 years, passed away.

"It's just total loss," said Chatfield.  "The man that you love is laying there and not responsive.  You know you're not going to be able to tell him you love him, or him tell you.  It hurts."

Chatfield has since moved into a new house and is grateful for the support she's received from the community.

But, since she is in a wheelchair, her new house needs some work so she can actually move around inside.  So her family is hosting a benefit to help pay for those changes.

"The benefit is to help mom get the equipment she's going to need and some construction work to make her life easier," said Donna's daughter Dena Chatfield.  "That way, it doesn't require as much involvement for her day to day."

The benefit is scheduled for April 19, at Plummers in Ripley, New York.  It runs from 1:00 p.m. until closing time. 

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