“They have a long road ahead of them,” Lovering said. “I’m a Mason. I thought our lodge could do something. I’m a father; I can imagine what this must be like for her parents.”
Reaching out to the members of St. Mark’s Lodge in Newburyport, Lovering and his fellow Masons were able to raise $1,450 for Taylor’s care, presenting it to the Browns last month. He’s hoping more financial assistance will be coming from his brother Masons’ efforts.
The money came from outright donations from St. Mark’s Lodge brethren, Lovering said, as well as the efforts of Masons Jono Gray and JT Mouradian and their band, Demijon.
“They played at the Yankee Homecoming celebrations in Newburyport the last two summers, donating their time and all the proceeds to what has become known as the Taylor Brown Fund,” Lovering said. “Brother Gray and Brother Mouradian have promised to continue their efforts to ensure that Taylor Brown and her family will remain in the hearts and minds of the Brothers of St. Mark’s Lodge.”
“Dave helped us expedite the permit process so we could build the expansion,” Brown said. “We got a call from the Masons who asked us to come for dinner. They presented us with the check. It was just wonderful.”
Others are also working on Taylor’s behalf, as her family deals with paying the healthcare expenses that pop up every day and the little extras that can improve Taylor’s life.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Flatbread Company in Amesbury, friends and family members are holding a benefit for Taylor with all proceeds going to the Brown family to help pay for therapies, treatment, supplies and equipment that can make life better for her.
For example, 19-year old Taylor currently attends a Triton program during the week that offers physical, occupational and speech therapies. But insurance won’t pay for any more physical therapy nor does it provide much to help purchase equipment.