2012-12-14 / Community

Fundraiser Today For Pastor Garry Patrylo Jr.

Garry Patrylo and his family. Garry Patrylo and his family. What could have been a triple tragedy for one family united them in a testimony of faith and perseverance.

Pastor Garry Patrylo Jr. oversees the House On The Rock Church, a storefront church in Rockaway Park, where Hurricane Sandy made its mark in late October. This superstorm wreaked havoc within Patrylo’s community, causing severe flood damage to their personal properties and church. Just days before the storm, Garry took a routine trip up to Carol House in preparation for an upcoming retreat. Carol House, located in Sidney, New York, is a men’s rehabilitation retreat home. Midway through a few renovations, a chemical fire began and consumed Garry in the midst of the flames. He received second and third degree burns covering 30 percent of his body. A week before the accident, Garry, his mother Kathleen, and two sisters, lost their father Reverend Garry Patrylo Sr. to a two-year battle with cancer. Patrylo, a father of three and gym teacher for children with special needs, now needs your help.

A fundraiser will be held at the Irish Circle at Beach 102 Street and Rockaway Beach Boulevard at 3:30 p.m.

More information can be found at houseontherockchurch.org

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