Man Who Lost Son Wants to Help Dunlap's Parents

By Al Pefley   email

Delray Beach, FL (WFLX)

The parents of a high school girl who collapsed and nearly died at a softball game are getting some more help with their medical bills.

Last night we told you how a pizza place in Delray Beach was helping by  giving the family of Claire Dunlap some of its proceeds.  But  the story doesn't end there.

Cici's Pizza in Delray Beach handed over $300,  a "slice" of its profits yesterday, to Claire Dunlap, a 15 year old girl whose parents face a mountain of medical bills.

Claire, a sophomore at American Heritage, collapsed before a high school softball game last month but she was revived thanks to a defibrillator that was on the playing field.

"We're part of the community here and everything that happens around here, we like to get involved. We work closely with the school," said Patrick Livingston, CiCi's Pizza owner.

When we aired a story about the pizza fundraiser Wednesday evening, a man who saw it on our news says he was touched by the Dunlap family's plight.  So he got in his car and drove to the restaurant.

"Last night when I came here, my heart went out to this woman," said Frank Speciale, a retired construction worker from Boca Raton.

His son, 42 year old Frank Speciale,  also collapsed on an athletic field. In his case, it was a  soccer field at a city park in Deerfield Beach.  But there was no defibrillator there and Frank never made it.

"If there was a defibrillator on that field, it could very, more than likely my son would be here today," Speciale said.

Nothing will bring his son back, but Frank wants to help Claire's parents financially with the medical bills they're facing.

The way he sees it, they share a bond. A defibrillator saved Claire's life, but unfortunately there wasn't one around when his son needed one.   Speciale says after his son died, a foundation was set up to help raise money for scholarships and to purchase defibrillators for athletic fields at public parks.

It's called the Frankie Foundation.

He says some of the money from a charity golf tournament they held last year will be given to Claire's parents.