Bald-ly supporting a friend in need
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Butensky, his twin brother, Jon, and his mother, Jean, are part of a tight-knit community in Rockville Centre’s south side that has been championing Doug’s cause since the beginning of his ordeal. It was Jean’s friendship with Doug’s parents, Steve and Bridget Gonzalez, that inspired Forrest to begin his baking fundraisers.
Although Doug’s treatment is nearing an end, his supporters appear to have no intention of calling a halt to their fundraising efforts. Help Doug Gonzalez will host another bake sale at SSHS on Monday, and St. Baldrick’s expects a continued influx of donations over the next few months.
“The Rockville Centre chapter should raise about $250,000 when this year’s fundraisers are finished,” said Bender. “And the Dougie Strong team will probably be responsible for about 20 percent of that.”
Members of the Gonzalez family, who were unavailable for comment, recently returned from Boston, where Doug was receiving treatment. He is at home with his parents and a new dog, reportedly well on his way to recovery.