Sara Persechino, a former town board member and family leave advocate, was touched by Austin’s story.
“I don’t think anyone should ever have to choose between their family and their job,” she told the Concord Monitor.
She began a GoFundMe page (which the fundraising site has authenticated to The Huffington Post) for the Austin family that has already raised over $6,000.
Austin said he doesn’t regret a thing. He’s even refused to take off the emergency room bracelet he received when he arrived at the hospital. The proud father and husband says he’s continuing to wear it in remembrance of the special day of his son’s birth.
“I’m going to keep it on until it falls off,” he said.