Good Neighbors

Snow Angels Shovel Driveway for Neighbor Needing Dialysis

When Patrick Lanigan realized his neighbor wouldn't be able to get to her 6am dialysis treatment, he marshaled a group of friends to shovel her driveway just in time.


What would you do if you knew a big snow storm was coming and your neighbor wouldn't be able to get to a life-saving medical appointment? If you're high school senior Patrick Lanigan, you grab a group of friends and some snow shovels and get to work.

When Patrick realized the forecast of 6-8 inches of snow overnight for their Parsipanny (NJ) neighborhood would keep his neighbor from getting to her 6 a.m. dialysis treatment, he got on the phone and called some friends. The five Parsippany High School students got up at 4 a.m. and made sure the neighbor's driveway was clear when an ambulance arrived two hours later to take her to her appointment.

"He said 'listen, Dad, the ambulance is coming at 6 a.m.' and so Patrick volunteered to do it and I got up and he commandeered a bunch of guys,"Patrick's father Peter told the Daily Record newspaper.

"Snow angels disguised as Parsippany HS seniors, Peter Lanigan, on his Twitter page

The boys (left to right above: Justin Stanton, Patrick Lanigan, Chris Leibfred, Tyler Grieco and Amon Sharafi) had a sleep over at the Lanigan house to make sure they'd be ready bright and early, but from the looks on their faces there wasn't much sleeping done. Here's hoping it ended up being a snow day from school!

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