Donations Sought To Help Recovering Truck Driver

September 5, 2018 GMT

In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.

Who: The family of Scranton father of three and grandfather of three Michael J. Bonevich Sr. described him as a loving man with a strong work ethic and an exceptionally kind heart. The 64-year-old loves spending time with those closest to him, including his wife, Vanessa, whether it’s cooking for them, watching baseball games or old Westerns on TV, or rescuing stray animals. A lifelong truck driver, Bonevich suffered a cardiac event while behind the wheel of his tractor-trailer in Dupont in July. The truck was totaled, but he was unharmed, though he nearly died in front of his family after being transported to the hospital and experiencing another cardiac event. He received a pacemaker but had to return to the hospital shortly after because of complications, including severe deep vein thrombosis. Bonevich now lives with a cardiac sarcoidosis diagnosis.

What/when/where: Ongoing donations are being accepted via GoFundMe or by mail sent to Michael Bonevich, 1813 Bundy St., Scranton, PA 18508.

Why: Bonevich is the primary provider for his household since his wife is disabled with mini strokes and a spinal injury. His CDL license is suspended until he is medically cleared to return to work, but he has been denied worker’s compensation and needs help paying for his new medications and medical equipment, doctors appointments and regular household bills.

In his own words: “Community support makes me proud to live here and that people care about each other enough to help out.” — Michael J. Bonevich Sr.

Update: A volleyball tournament held Saturday for Leslie Matatics of Scranton, who has Stage IV lung cancer, was a “smashing success,” according to her husband, Gerry. As detailed in last week’s column, funds help the Matatics family, which includes nine children, while she is in treatment. Next, Billy B’s Martini Bar and Restaurant, 138 Smith St., Dunmore, will host a benefit Brunch for Leslie on Sunday, Sept. 23, from noon to 3 p.m.