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Norwalk family holding tag sale in Stamford to pay off costs of disabled son's funeral

A Norwalk family is asking for help as they prepare for a fundraising tag sale this weekend to help pay off the costs of their son's funeral. Matthew Jansen, who died in April at age 26, had special

News 12 Staff

Sep 26, 2014, 2:19 AM

Updated 3,558 days ago

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A Norwalk family is asking for help as they prepare for a fundraising tag sale this weekend to help pay off the costs of their son's funeral.
Matthew Jansen, who died in April at age 26, had special needs and required round-the-clock care. He was born with a chromosome disorder so rare that it is not in medical textbooks.
His parents, Bernadette and Tony Suppa, say his death came at a time when they were neither emotionally nor financially prepared. Matthew's funeral totaled $15,000, a huge expense considering that Tony lost his job at the beginning of the year and Bernadette is on disability.
The Suppas started holding tag sales, selling donated items to try to pay down their debt. The family also created a page on Giveforward.com, accepting donations from friends, acquaintances and strangers.
The Suppas will hold their final tag sale of the season this weekend in Stamford. They say they have about $6,000 left to pay on their credit card and plan to continue with the tag sales in the spring until their debt is paid off.


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