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Light Display Brightens Spirits, Helps Raise Funds For Charity

The decorated home at 9 Sunnyvale Rd., Port Washington. (Courtesy photo)
The decorated home at 9 Sunnyvale Rd., Port Washington. (Courtesy photo)
Two Port Washington parents are dedicating a residential Christmas light display to a foundation set up to honor their daughter who died this year after suffering from an eating disorder.

"The mission of the foundation is to help other teens and young adults suffering with eating disorders and other addictive behaviors," said Bob Young, who's daughter Marie Ashton died Sept. 29, 2013. "We hope to help other families avoid the tragedy we have suffered. 

The colorful light display at 9 Sunnyvale Rd. seems to be making a difference in more ways than one.

A recent note left at the Port Washington home helped to cheer up someone having a bad night, according to Young.

"The light display was already gorgeous as is, however, when I read the story about your daughter, I was reduced to tears," said the unknown writer in the note. " I admire your family for staying so strong, and would let you know that after hearing your story, I won't be hurting myself tonight. She would be so proud of you keeping her memory alive. Thank you, God Bless, and Merry Christmas."

A link to the display may be found on YouTube

Contributions may be sent to:

The Marie Ashton Young-Erturun Foundation
9 Sunnyvale Rd.
Port Washington, New York 11050
hank ratner December 31, 2013 at 12:56 PM
If only the officials in Flower Hill had the same spirit!
bob young January 02, 2014 at 06:14 AM
Hopefully the summons will be quietly dismissed on January 22nd at 7PM in Flower Hill Village court, but we'd appreciate any support we can get on that night from the community.
bob young January 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM
The village official came by today to tell me the summons for my Christmas light display has been dismissed.
hank ratner January 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM
I congratulate the Flower Hill officials for showing some COMMON SENSE!
Arguendo January 25, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Great news.

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