HARRINGTON PARK, N.J. — Two months after the purchase, Harrington Park native Justine Riordan's new car gave out.
This was the latest of life's curve balls for the Rye Brook single mom, who recently adopted a severely challenged 18-year-old boy, Mikey, her ex-boyfriend's son's. Mikey has been in her life for 10 years.
Riordan travels across Rockland and Westchester counties for her jobs as an independent contractor for her mortgage company, and a massage therapist.
She also needs a car to bring Mikey, who cerebral palsy, autism and a seizure disorder, to therapy and doctors appointments several times a week.
Someone also recently stole Mikey's handicapped placard out of the car, and then he lost his hearing aids and glasses one day after therapy.
More than $2,800 had been raised on a GoFundMe page dedicated to purchasing Riordan a new vehicle.
"Justine's generosity knows no bounds," the GoFundMe page says.
"Justine never feels like she's done enough, when we all know she gives all of herself and goes above and beyond what most people would do for anyone else's child."