Chester’s Mulvey an inspiration to teammates

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By Justin Rodriguez
Times Herald-Record

CHESTER – Danny Mulvey was 4-years-old, laid out in a bed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, when he woke up in the middle of the night with a smile on his face.

He told his father, Dan, sitting at his bedside, that he had a dream about being with Jesus. When young Danny fell back asleep, his father began to weep. He thought the dream was a sign that God was about to take his son.

Danny Mulvey had just been diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, a rare form of cancer. Thirteen years later, Mulvey is still alive. Those who love him — his parents, his sister, Alicia, 21,his friends on the Chester football team — will tell you he is a miracle.

Mulvey, a senior, is Chester’s water boy. He can’t participate in athletics because of rigorous cancer treatments that stunted his growth. He is about 5-feet tall and also suffers from a condition called neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form in Mulvey’s body.

He might not be on Chester’s powerhouse team, but he is part of it, attending practices and games in his signature No. 5 jersey. Chester coach Ron Stover and his players surprised Mulvey, dressing him in full uniform, for the Hambletonians’ win over Tri-Valley last weekend. They even let him score a touchdown before the game.

“Danny’s been my best friend since I was 5,” Chester wide receiver Brandon Sadlier said. “He is the strongest person I know. I’m just blessed to still have him in my life. Everyone loves him and he is a key part of this team.”

“Danny can’t be on the field, but he is a member of our team,” Chester quarterback Vinny Aloi said. “To us, he is like any other guy out there. He is always picking us up. Danny is kind of a leader and not a lot of people know how important he is to the team.”

Mulvey has been Chester’s water boy since his freshman year and has been to two Class D state championship games with the Hambletonians – in 2011 and last season. He came up the ranks through Chester’s youth program. Mulvey is reliable on the sideline, quick with the water, but even quicker with words of encouragement.

“It stinks that I can’t play,” Mulvey said. “But the team has been such a big help. They have been helping me since I was a kid. It’s still really hard to believe I’m here. It’s still mind blowing. I don’t know really what to say.”

Mulvey was first diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood, in 2001. He beat it after receiving a splenectomy, grueling chemotherapy and radiation treatments, and a bone marrow transplant at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The same cancer returned three years later, and according to Mulvey’s father, he was given two months to live because the cancer was so aggressive.

“We put our faith in God,” Mulvey’s mom, Maureen, said. “I thought let’s focus on the quality of life. Doctors have told me that they can’t explain it. They tell me he is writing his own book. They say he is a miracle.”

Mulvey still sees doctors for examinations every three to six months. The Mulvey family, including Danny, is deeply religious. After hearing about his son’s Jesus dream years ago, his father gathered himself after breaking down. He thought to himself, maybe this is a sign that God is at Danny’s side to protect him.

Maybe he still is.

A miracle is something that often can’t be explained. But it can be cherished.

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Family Movie Night at Lee Road Playground to Benefit Backpacks For Food (BFF)



September 12th with a rain date of September 13th


Beginning promptly at dusk (about 7:30PM)


Come bring the entire family with blankets and chairs to enjoy an “All American Night” at the movies. The first family movie night in the park will be The Lego Movie. Free to the entire community and hosted by the WEL Foundation.


A donation will be requested to support the Backpacks For Food program in the Cornwall School District. Come enjoy quality family time and help support those children who need healthy nourishment each weekend. Bring your own snacks or take advantage of our Lions Club support at their vendor table where popcorn, candy and beverages will be available for purchase.

Julia’s Amazing Day

Julia and The WEL Foundation had an amazing time meeting some of the members of the Met’s. Here are some pictures of Julia’s amazing day with “her #5 NY Met – David Wright” and team!!


Outdoor Movie Night 1 – The Lego Movie

If you missed the first night of the Outdoor Movie Night you still have two more chances to come out! August 8th we will be screening Despicable Me 2 and August 22nd we will be showing Frozen.

All movies will be shown at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center at 1351 Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf, NY 10891. Admission is FREE! We hope to see you there!

We had a great turnout for the showing of The Lego Movie on July 25th. See the recap in the photo gallery below. Click the arrows to see more photos.

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Bone Cancer Awareness Benefit


Where: Block Rock Fish And Game Club, Mountainville, NY

When: Saturday, August 2nd, 1pm-6pm

For Who?: Local Washingtonville Teen, Julia Gutierrez

Why Go? Chris Turpin Band, Games For Kids, Food And Drink, 50/50 Raffle

$20 Per Person, $10 For Kids Under 12, $45 For A Family Of Four

Contact Information:

*All proceeds will be given to family to help with medical bills*

Click here to visit the official site for Julia’s Hope Fund and donate to the cause.

Friday Night at The Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center!!!

Join us for a night of fun! Movie starts after dark.

Town of Chester Movie Night

Movie Night is Coming!

July 25th – The Lego Movie
Aug 8th – Despicable Me 2
Aug 22 – Disney’s “Frozen”

Admission is FREE! The Lawn at The Sugarloaf Performing Arts Center at 1351 Kings Hwy in Sugarloaf NY.

Join us!

Click one of the images below to see the movie trailer.


Tom Clyne Washingtonville High School Graduation

Tommy Clyne, who has been an inspirational member of the Wel Foundation, spoke at Washingtonville High School’s graduation on Thursday, June 26th. We are very proud that such an amazing, beautiful, selfless, and kindhearted friend had another opportunity to spread his wisdom and insight throughout the community.

Watch the video of his speech below.

YWCA PR Luedke Car Donation

10321813_1421680894781818_5362961979230920380_oThe WEL Foundation, Middletown Honda, and YMCA Orange County together are making long strides towards decreasing sexism and unemployment in our community, while increasing equality and positively impacting citizens.

YMCA currently owns FISH Window Cleaning Services which provides women with an opportunity for employment in a non-traditional workforce in an effort to break down the gender-based stereotype barrier that slowly has begun to disintegrate through the years.

The WEL Foundation, with support of Middletown Honda, purchased a new Honda CVR that was donated to FISH Cleaning Services. The vehicle will assist in providing jobs with the availability to travel longer distances for work and transporting their supplies.

It is the only smaller details together which create the bigger picture. If we all do a single good deed each day, we will, in turn conquer all evil.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Download the flyer here.


The Walter and Edward Luedke Foundation (WEL FOUNDATION) is a corporation pursuant to section 42 of the Not-For-Profit Corporation Law, State of New York. The WEL Foundation is a New York State approved 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Corporation. The Foundation was established to promote, further, and support selected charitable activities through grants, funding, and financial assistance to various individuals, institutions, and organizations.