June 28, 2017
A Family Update
“Super Liam”

Over the past year, some of you have seen and heard snippets of what has been going on with our little Liam.  We wanted to give you an update!
Some of you already know, but Liam is the 6 year old son of Pat and Alexis Fiocca.  Alexis is Jeremiah Mock’s sister and has been a member of the Mock staff for many years.  
Here is their story:
“In June of last year, Liam contracted viral hepatitis that attacked his liver.  Within a month his bone-marrow began to shut down.  Because his condition was so rare, it took nearly 2 months and what seemed like endless tests to discover that he had Aplastic Anemia.  Although it is extremely rare in the United States, it is actually very common in South East Asia.  Because it is a new disease, very little research has been done on what causes it, as well as the link to liver failure.
Our only option to cure this was a bone-marrow transplant.  It took another 2-3 months to get everything in order for the transplant.  During this time our family of 5 underwent testing to see if we could be his match. Liam’s older sister (Talia, age 9) was a perfect match.  There was less then a 20% chance that any of the family would be able to donate so this was a HUGE blessing!  During this prep time, Liam began to loose all his ability to fight even the simplest infection.  He fought fevers, fungal infections and eventual a severe heart infection that caused a delay in the original transplant date.
November 8th
Talia bravely went into the hospital to donate her bone-marrow and on November 9th, 2016 Liam got his transplant.  It took nearly a month to see new cell growth in Liam but the transplant was a success!!!
After nearly 6 months in the hospital plus another 100 days post-transplant at the Ronald McDonald House, Liam got to come home in March 2017!  He has been doing wonderful and his last bone-marrow biopsy showed nearly perfect results!
Without the love and support of family, friends, our amazing medical team and our forever family at the Ronald McDonald House, we would not have been able to make it through such a difficult time.”
~Alexis Mock-Fiocca
In honor of Liam’s story, we invite you to help us raise money as a THANK YOU to Ronald McDonald House of Akron, for taking such good care of the “Fiocca Five” during such a difficult and scary time.  Many families pass through their halls, and all of them are fighting an unimaginable battle.  Without a place like RMH, families would not be together during these times.  They run on donations and we want to help! 
When you visit our sales office, or Mock Pond and Landscape Supply you can make a monetary donation of your choice, or when you make a purchase just ask us to “round up”.
Thank you in advance for your support, and for those of you that prayed with us, and have asked about Liam and the family we want you to know that we appreciate it more than you know!
We hope to see you soon!
Why Landscape?
You’ve been spending so much time on projects inside your home (like that new shower you have to drag yourself out of), that your front yard is starting to scream for a bit of attention.
You know your yard has some super curb appeal potential, but where to begin? 
Check out the National Association of REALTORS®’ 2016 Remodeling Impact Report: Outdoor Features (full disclosure: NAR is HouseLogic’s sponsor). It’s got some interesting data on how landscaping affects home value, especially those with tons of curb appeal. They beat out all indoor projects when it comes to adding value to your home!
Below are four projects with so much curb-appeal juice, any money you invest in them is likely to pay you back much more.
#1 Add or Replace a Few Design Basics
Every few years, you overhaul your closet, replacing your worn-out basics with a few new pieces to ramp up your wardrobe. Why not do the same with your yard? Give it a basic makeover so it has some good, classic, value-boosting “bones” to build upon. 
Landscape design basics like:
  • A winding flagstone walkway
  • A couple of stone planters (6 feet by 2 feet)
  • A few flowering shrubs 
  • A deciduous tree about 15 feet tall
  • Quality mulch
Why you can’t go wrong: The median cost for this makeover is $4,750. But the recoup (how much more your house would sell for after doing this project) is $5,000! Pretty sweet, right?
#2 Add Color and Texture in the Right Places
Experts call it “softscaping.” But basically, it’s adding plants in a designed, intentional way that makes your yard interesting to look at year-round. 
It’s a great project if your yard is already in pretty good shape with some basic design elements mentioned above. 
A typical softscaping project includes:
  • Five trees
  • 25 shrubs
  • 60 perennials
  • Natural edging
  • Boulder accents
Why you can’t go wrong: You’ll invest about $7,000, but you could recoup every cent in home value, according to the Report. Plus, here’s what the report doesn’t include: You’ll get super energy savings. 
Who doesn’t love lower utility bills?
Just three trees in the right location can save up to $250 a year in heating and cooling costs, says the source for energy-saving stats: the U.S. Department of Energy.
#3 Build a Deck or Patio if You Don’t Have One
If you’re spending sunny days admiring the great outdoors from indoors, it’s time for a change to get you outside… like finally building that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of.
Why you can’t go wrong: A patio costs about $6,400 and recoups 102%. A wood deck will cost $9,450 with a slightly higher recoup of 106%. Plus, how can you put a price on all those evening cookouts and Sunday brunches al fresco?
#4 Heap Loads of Love on Your Lawn
Yep, you read that right. Especially if you know you’re going to sell in the next year or so. 
It’s the easiest project to do – and it has a whopping ROI of 303%!
Lawn maintenance is simple:
  • Fertilize
  • Aerate 
  • Weed
  • Rake 
Why you can’t go wrong: It’s the cheapest project to do with an annual cost of only $330. Every year, you’ll reap the benefits of a lush, barefoot-friendly lawn. 
(But note that unlike the other landscaping features listed in this article – deck, patio, hardscaping, trees, etc. – you’ll only get that fabulous 303% ROI on your maintenance costs for the year right before you sell. That’s because lawn maintenance has to be repeated annually, unlike the other projects).
Call us today for ideas!
10% off Coupon!
Hello to our loyal Mock Pond and Landscape Supply customers! As a thank you for your continued loyalty, we want to reward you with a coupon good for 15% off any item in our retail store (*does not apply to structures, mulch or bulk aggregates)!  Just mention this newsletter and we will apply your discount!  This coupon is good from 6/28/2017 through 7/5/2017.
In observance of Independence Day, Mock Property Services, and Mock Pond and Landscape Supply will be closed on July 4th. Please enjoy the holiday with your families and be safe!

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