Grandmother in Massachusetts set up fund for injured boy
South Dennis, Mass. — The grandmother of a boy injured June 26 in an accident in Rockland has set up a fund to raise money for medical expenses at a bank in South Dennis, Mass., according to the director of a women's organization that was helping get the word out about the family's needs.
Noah Keene, 5, of Rockland suffered a severe injury to his hand in an accident in Rockland.
The grandmother, whose name has not be released to the newspaper, is based in Massachusetts and is believed to be the mother of the boy's father, Anthony Pignone of Dennis, Mass.
WE CAN, a women's empowerment organization in the Cape Cod area, put out a notice on the Internet raising awareness of the fund.
"Sharing some news and hoping you can help," the notice states. "The grandson of our program participants recently suffered a tragic accident and WE CAN is helping to spread the word about how people can help."
It then directs those looking to give to The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in South Dennis, Mass. The bank confirmed July 27 that the account is active.
"We haven't set up the fund," WE CAN Director Andi Genser said July 27. She said the grandmother did. "We're supporting her. ...We have no connection to the fund."
She said her organization was just getting the word out to try and help Noah Keene and his family. Genser said the grandmother, who participates in WE CAN, controls the account, as far as she knows. She also said her understanding is it is solely for the medical expenses for Noah and his twin brother.
Pignone filed a lawsuit July 17 in Knox County Superior Court charging Sharon Setz, the boy's other grandmother, with negligence in the case. Setz was driving the Dodge pickup with Noah Keene and his twin brother in the back seat June 26 when Noah was injured.
Pignone's attorney, Daniel Kagan of Lewiston, had an employee contact the newspaper July 27 to say he is "unavailable for comment."