Jay Smith grew up in Doylestown and was diagnosed with ALS in 2014 at the age of 35.
Married to Melissa Mekosh, Jay is the father of two young daughters, Loghan and Peyton. Last week, his mom, Barb Smith, a broker with Weidel and former manager and Central Bucks teacher, received a call from Weidel’s top producer Danielle Davis which blew her away.
“Barb I have an idea,” said Davis. “ I know that with COVID-19, fundraising may be more challenging. I am willing to give up 100% of one of my commissions to Jay and his family to help with medical expenses.”
Barb was deeply moved by Davis’s generous offer. Jay, who has lost all mobility and the ability to speak, is on a feeding tube and kept alive by a ventilator. The cost for his around-the-clock care is a staggering $4,000 a week.
Despite this, Jay continues to inspire others with his writing and inventions, most recently unveiling “Independence Drive,” a program for steering a wheelchair with your eyes. Jay has done all this with only the use of his eyes.
Davis’s extraordinary gift will help Jay and his family tremendously, said Barb Smith.
No stranger to giving back, Davis, who is a mother of three, grew up in Doylestown and is a top Weidel agent. She volunteers for Bringing Hope Home, Habitat for Humanity, Keystone Opportunity Center, Weidel’s Community Partner Program, and holds an impressive list of real estate designations and awards. A seasoned agent and innovator in her field, Davis was the first agent to use Matterport 3D Virtual Tours. She is an expert in resale homes, as well as new construction.
Since Jay’s diagnosis in 2014, Davis and her fellow Weidel agents have helped with Jay’s annual fundraisers. “They just jump in year after year, collect donations, attend meetings, work the event, and get the word out,” said Smith. “We are so blessed to have Weidel’s support, as well as many other friends at other real estate offices in Doylestown, who have donated and attended our fundraisers.
We are all friends,” said Smith, adding, “What Danielle is doing, is who she is. She treats all of her clients with the same care and compassion.”
Here is how Davis’s offer is going to work: for the months of September, October and November, if you list your house or purchase a home from her as a result of this article, she will donate 100% of her commission to Jay and his family.
“This is huge for Jay and his family,” said his dad, Gene, former CEO of the YMCA.
To contact Danielle, call 215-272-8326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Smith and Mekosh families are also planning a virtual fundraiser in January to help with Jay’s medical expenses. Registration is free. Go to bidpal.net/doitforjay to register. There will be some great items to bid on as well as some community members who have volunteered to do some crazy things as the fundraiser reaches certain thresholds.
For event information, contact Barb Smith at email@example.com or 215-601-2529.