Fundraising effort gets diabetic student closer to independence

Norton Hammersley Firm News

Our very own Peter Skokos is one of the founders and CEO of the organization and recently appeared in the Sarasota Herald Tribune

Led by Peter Skokos Operation Patriot Support met its goal of raising $25,000 to get Sophia Helme one step closer to take the biggest step of her life — going to college and living independently.

Helme, 18, received a Type 1 diabetes diagnosis at age 11 and needs the assistance of a diabetes alert dog before she goes off to study occupational therapy at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The dog will help detect glucose fluctuations between regular testing intervals and warn her to take insulin before a crisis occurs.

Last month charity also raised $10,000 at its “Evening of Heroes” event and $4,000 in private donations.

“It’s heartwarming to to know that there are people out there who are willing to help. It’s really hard to put into words and establish how I feel right now,” Helme said.

To find out more about this great organization you can visit their website here – Operation Patriot Support

Peter Z. Skokos is a Shareholder and a member of our real-estate practice group. He practices primarily in the area of real estate, banking and business transactions. He represents developers and landowners in connection with the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of commercial, industrial and residential projects.