Pleasanton Weekly

- November 1, 2013

Pleasanton firm helps 2-year-old fight brain tumor

Retrofits to allow child to be treated at home

Employees at Service Champions, a Pleasanton heating and air conditioning company, spent last weekend installing a surgical grade filtration system in the home of Janice and Merlin Newton, whose 2-year-old daughter Delaney has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

The toddler recently endured a 12-hour surgery to remove the tumor and on Oct. 7 started chemotherapy.

Kevin Comerford, who owns Service Champions and is a close friend of Merlin, a firefighter with the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, rallied his co-workers' help in doing a complete makeover at the Newton's home in Livermore to make it "eco-friendly."

Service Champions' Nick Borchers led a team last weekend that completely replaced the old ductwork and installed a surgical room grade filtration system and new "green" duct system.

The new clean room is essential if Delaney is to continue her treatments at home instead of in a hospital as she battles this disease since the treatment she is undergoing will severely deplete her immune system.

"The support that Delaney has received is incredible," Comerford said. "It seems like everyone knows about it. "

Many at the fire department's Engine 1, where Merlin Newton has worked for eight years, have shaved their heads in support of Delaney.

Comerford said that Janice Newton, Delaney's mother, is no stranger to family tragedies and the community support that often times makes things a bit easier.

When she was 23 years old, she lost her mother and step father in a matter of months and she and sister Jennifer and brother Daniel were left to raise their five other brothers and sisters. Their home was rebuilt for them in an epic story that was featured on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Comerford said the efforts of Borchers and his teammates are in line with a program at the company called "Service Champions Cares." This is a community out-reach program that the company has started where it helps three families each quarter with comfort, health and safety in their indoor home environment.

Champions' team members nominate families who they encounter in their daily heating and air conditioning work activities.

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