The call for support went out and the community responded in droves.
On a recent snowy Thursday night at Finn’s Harborside in East Greenwich, friends and family banded together to show support for a special young boy. They all came for a fundraiser to benefit Isaiah Hazard, the five-year-old East Greenwich native who was on the North Kingstown Jaguars flag football team when he contracted a rare illness involving paralysis. As of late, improvements have been made.
From waitresses wearing black t-shirts featuring “Team Isaiah” written out in silver lettering, to a mix of silent and live auction items, to a table with cards and markers for those who wished to send Isaiah a Christmas message, to a musician flying in from Nashville and graciously donating his time, to the presence of the Gronk Party Bus in the parking lot, to the warm hospitality displayed by the Finn family, no stone was left unturned in the quest to capture the evening’s theme.
The road to recovery hasn’t been an easy one for Isaiah, who continues to receive treatment in a Boston hospital. A close friend of the Hazard family felt compelled to do something to help, yet Andy Deutsch will be the first one to say that he did not walk alone in the quest to pull off this benefit that will help defray the medical costs for Isaiah’s treatment.
“All of you helped make this happen. This is a strong community,” Deutsch told a room that featured an estimated 200 folks.