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Ramp for Matt Hohan

A Cambria County man living with a history of health complications received the gift of a lifetime on Wednesday from the people in his community. 26-year-old Matt Hohan lives with a rare disease which makes it difficult for him to get in and out of his house. But after Wednesday’s event, it will be a breeze.

On Wednesday, the ribbon was cut unveiling a new ramp which will be a game changer for this baseball lover. Matt says he’s just a kid from Daisytown, but his perseverance through his disease and autoimmune deficiency inspires everyone he meets. The JUMP Program designed and assembled the ramp and Martella’s Pharmacy funded it, but Cambria County Commissioner Tom Chernisky led the project.

Chernisky met Matt when he was an Umpire for AAABA and Matt was a bat boy, where Chernisky had an interaction with Matt urging him to wear a helmet on the field. He wanted Matt to be safe back then with that helmet and still wants him to be safe today with the new ramp, coming together full circle. Matt’s family says the ramp will also make their lives easier. Matt is very active in his community and finally landed a gig as Assistant Coach for the Martella’s AAABA Baseball Team. Since Matt helps everyone, it’s now time for his community to help him.

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