MAHWAH, N.J. — A Mahwah couple known throughout Bergen County for helping others is discovering what it feels like to be on the other side of the arrangement.
More than $3,300 had been raised as of Wednesday morning on a GoFundMe account started Tuesday morning to help Kris Weixeldorfer, who is being treated in a New York City hospital for complications of an autoimmune disease she’s been battling since 1997.
Dan Weixeldorfer, senior vice president and broker manager of Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty's Saddle River office, has been visiting his wife every day since she was admitted to the hospital close to three weeks ago.
“People want to give back to [them],” said the page’s founder, Genna Battaglino, whose mom — Anna Mecca — works with Dan Weixeldorfer.
“Knowing Dan for the past year has taught me so much about giving to others ... and realize what good people he and Kris are,” said Battaglino, of Weehawken.
Weixeldorfer has donated thousands of dollars to local charities and “more importantly has gotten others to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars and their time,” Battaglino said.
His office last month collected 41,000 pounds of food for Center for Food Action is now accepting unwrapped gifts for the annual Toys for Tots drive in honor of Weixeldorfer’s late parents — both Marines.
Weixeldorfer is also in his second year of selling bracelets for a teen in New York battling muscular dystrophy. Sam, 16, is raising funds for others like him with help from Weixeldorfer and his secretary — who this year raised $6,000.
Knowing that the funds will benefit his wife is the only way Weixeldorfer can allow himself to accept the funds, he said.
“Kris and I are givers and like to help others,” Weixeldorfer said.“We are not used to someone wanting to help us, so I'm kind of feeling strange.”
But Battaglino is insisting.
“Dan and Kris have bee through very hard times — especially with Kris’ condition,” Battaglino said. “But they’re still wonderful people and now it’s time for people to give back to them.”
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