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Jim and Nancy Bodien have been faced with the unthinkable circumstance of not only illness but financial burden. Jim has recently been diagnosed with Huntingdon's Disease, a genetic disease that is debilitating.For more info visit

Have you heard of Huntington’s Disease?

Chances are, probably not. The disease is so rare that one out of every 10,000 Americans has it. Huntington's Disease is a devastating, hereditary, degenerative brain disorder for which there is, at present time, no effective treatment or cure. HD slowly diminishes the affected individual's ability to walk, talk and reason. Eventually, the person with HD becomes totally dependent upon others for his or her care. Huntington's Disease profoundly affects the lives of entire families -- emotionally, socially and economically.

On March 23rd 2010, James Bodien, age 42 of Ridgway was diagnosed with this horrific disease. He and his wife, Nancy have four young children: Olivia 7, (almost 8) Gavin 5, (almost 6)  Alyssa 4 and Gabriel 2. Since his diagnosis he no longer works due to falling and dropping things at his previous employer, Aaron’s Sales and Lease in Saint Marys. Nancy, who worked for several years at local radio staion, B94 in Saint Marys was laid off as mid day personality “Nancy Kelley” last May. Her unemployment has run out and they are currently waiting to hear from disability for Jim's condition. This leaves them with the same bills and considerably less income to try to maintain each month.

In August oe September we will be putting on a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser along with a Chinese Auction, Bake Sale and Raffle. With your help, we hope to raise money to help this family pay bills and hopefully have enough to purchase clothes for the children for school for the upcoming cool season. Our goal is to try to raise as much as we can for this loving family. This event, we are hoping will be a huge success with the help of compassionate people such as yourself.

Please help with…

Donations of cash:
• 100% of all donations will go to benefit the Bodien family
• Checks payable to

Donations of “stuff”:
• Donations of items that can be used for the Chinese Auction or Bake Sale would be greatly appreciated (Any item that you sell or a gift certificate would be ideal)
• Donation of items for the Spaghetti Dinner would also help to defray initial costs
• In September, we’ll be holding The Mother of All Garage Sales where all proceeds will also go to the Bodien family.


Donations of ideas:

• We’d welcome any ideas you have on fundraising and publicity


Many thanks for your support…. and please do pass this on to friends and associates who may be willing to help.


For more information visit:


Jim and Nancy have been blessed with a large family and lot's of struggles from time to time, but none like this! Jim is now disabled and unable to provide for their children or family due to his illness and struggle with Huntington's Disease.

The family is in desparate need of a van. We are trying to raise the funds needed to purchase a good running vehicle to get them back and forth from here to Pittsburgh as needed. This disease requires constant care and until Jim's Disablity goes through, the family is in need.

Thank you so much for any effort that you may be able to put forth to this great cause. Both Jim and Nancy have been a wonderful help to the community in many ways and now it is their turn to be helped in this very difficult time!

If you are wondering who the Bodien's are. Jim worked for House Of Television in St. Marys for years. He then was recently employed at Aaron's in St. Marys. Nancy was a radio DJ for B94 in St. Marys for over 19 years. They have 4 wonderful children, Olivia, Gavin, Alyssa, and Gabriel. They reside in Ridgway, PA.

Please go to for more information on the disorder and it's symptoms to better understand what this family is going through right now.

If you are unable to provide a financial donation, PRAYER IS ALWAYS ACCEPTED! Nancy and Jim are members of a really great church (The Evangelical Covenant Church)  in their hometown and are very devotional people!


Thank You for visiting!


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