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Our hearts are heavy.

For Immediate Release                                                        
 
Lisa Razza, Director of Communications
412-995-5000 x410
lrazza@achieva.info
 

Our Hearts Are Heavy

PITTSBURGH, PA -  The ACHIEVA family is devastated at the loss of two well-respected members of their community. Two extraordinary men, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, were victims of the tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue. 

Cecil and David had a love for life and for those around them. As long-standing recipients of ACHIEVA’s residential and employment services, they were as much a part of the ACHIEVA family as they were their beloved neighborhood of Squirrel Hill.

They loved life. They loved their community. They spent a lot of time at the Tree of Life, never missing a Saturday.  “If they were here they would tell you that is where they were supposed to be,” said Chris Schopf, Vice President, Residential Supports, ACHIEVA.

Chris added, “Cecil’s laugh was infectious. David was so kind and had such a gentle spirit. Together, they looked out for one another. They were inseparable. Most of all, they were kind, good people with a strong faith and respect for everyone around.”

Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy to the Rosenthal family, and to all who were affected by the tragedy at Tree of Life.

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ACHIEVA is a non-profit organization located in southwestern Pennsylvania providing lifelong supports to people with disabilities and their families. ACHIEVA strives to empower individuals with disabilities and their families. We offer a wide array of supports and services including ACHIEVA Family Trust, Advocacy, Disability Healthcare Initiative, Early Intervention, Home and Community Supports, Older Adult Protective Services, Recreation, Representative Payee and Residential Supports. ACHIEVA works towards engaging in a community where disability is a distinction that makes no difference.