ST. JOHN | Michael Jasaitis and a small group of fellow attorneys kicked off Labor Day weekend Saturday morning by putting down their legal pads and picking up tools to help the family of a young cancer patient.
The group spent much of the day cleaning, tearing out carpeting, painting walls, planting flowers and helping to get the 5-year-old girl's house in shape for her return from the hospital in the next week or two, Jasaitis said.
"I can't think of a better way to spend a few hours helping somebody," he said.
The work day was a joint effort among members of the Lake County Bar Association, James Kimbrough Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association, the Hispanic Bar Association and the Northwest Indiana Cancer Kids Foundation.
About 20 lawyers showed up for the event at the home of Savannah Delgado, who is being treated for cancer of the neuro cells.
Her father, Leon Delgado, said he was grateful for the help in preparing the home for the girl's return from The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.
The house has to be as clean as possible to protect the girl, who has compromised immune system, he said. Savannah is expected to be spend 110 days in isolation at home rather than starting kindergarten at Watson Elementary School with her peers.
Jasaitis said the legal groups also provided gift baskets for both girls in the house and a gift card to allow the family to go out to dinner when possible.
The work day follows on the heels of another project by the Lake County Bar Association that involved collecting 700 items of professional clothing earlier this year to help those re-entering the work world, he said.