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Michigan reps donate $10,000 to help member with medical expenses

NOVI, Mich. — The Home Furnishings Representatives of Michigan has established a fund to help one of its longtime members with medical expenses.

 Image of Rick VilestraRick Vilestra

The HFRM set up the fund and donated its first $10,000 to help offset expenses incurred by Rick Vilestra, who is in need of a heart transplant.

Vilestra suffered a heart attack in February and by Oct. 10, was notified that he had exhausted his benefits and no longer had health coverage. He is now waiting for the Affordable Health Care Act to take effect on Jan. 1 so he can resume testing for heart transplant qualifications.

He began his furniture career in retail as part owner in his wife, Mary's, family business (Van's Furniture) in Portage, Mich. Later, Rick moved to the wholesale side of furniture sales and has worked for Rowe Furniture, La-Z-Boy, Palliser Furniture, Fairfield Chair, Braxton Culler, EQ3 and Kalora Area Rugs.

The First National Bank - Rick Vilestra Heart Fund is accepting donations. Checks, payable to "Rick Vilestra Heart Fund" can be sent to First National Bank, Attn: John Schreuder, Chief Executive Office, 348 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.

For more information, contact Schreuder at jmschreuder@fnbmichigan.com or call (269) 488-8853.

 

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