Oakwood Electric & Generator Pairs with Local Charities To Donate Life-Saving Equipment to Kids Fighting Batten Disease

Westmont, IL, Oct. 1, 2014 – Partnering with local organizations to give a peace of mind, Oakwood Electric & Generator this week helped donate and install a life-saving generator for a Downers Grove family in need.
Siblings Noah and Laine VanHoutan are battling LINCL-Batten Disease, a rare genetic illness that, over time, robs them (and more than 400 children across the country) of speech, balance, and mobility. LINCL-Batten disease (without a cure) is terminal, often between ages eight and 12.
Earlier this year, co-owner of Oakwood Electric & Generator Becky Rheintgen answered a call from the children’s grandfather. The VanHoutan family recently experienced outages and was often left without power to operate life-saving equipment, including feeding tubes and pumps.
“Norb shared how neighbors would run extension cords across the street when the power went out,” said Rheintgen, “Without actually being there at 2 a.m., we knew we had to help with something more permanent and reliable,” she said.
Because the VanHoutans were seeking grants to purchase a generator, Oakwood Electric & Generator agreed to sell the generator and accessories, at cost, and donate labor for the installation.
Oakwood Electric & Generator then asked The Grove Foundation, a local not-for-profit, to consider the cause. The Board donated $500 to the VanHoutan Generator Project to cover costs of installation materials. Rheintgen said Board members also made calls to local businesses in an effort to secure funding and resources.

To help get the job done and fully fund the project, the Downers Grove chapter of 100 Women Who Care (a grassroots group that raises community funds for those in need) wrote a $4,500 check to cover remaining costs.

“The generosity and support we have in Downers Grove is remarkable,” said Rheintgen. ‘Very often we are called when there’s crisis. It’s gratifying as a small business we’re able to work with not-for-profit organizations to prevent crisis and help others when they need it most.”

For more information about the VanHoutan Generator Project, please call Oakwood Electric & Generator at (630) 964-0541, or write beckyandrob@oakwoodelectric.com. To learn more about Noah and Laine and the VanHoutan family, please visit www.noahshope.com.