Helping hands

Nadine Ruszkowski of Woodstock, a volunteer with Normal Moments, feeds Vanessa Perez, 1, left, with twin sister Elena nearby. Normal Moments provides volunteers to help with everyday tasks so families can concentrate on their ill children. Elena, was born on May 24, 2008, with one lung, her heart on the wrong side and her esophagus not connected to her stomach. Vanessa, her twin, was healthy. More than 80 families around the state are getting such help through the Naperville-based organization started by a mother as a tribute to her sick daughter. Volunteers deliver hot meals, cut the grass, shovel snow, feed pets and clean the house, among other chores.
Tribune photo by Stacey Wescott
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