The Murphy Family of 4; daughter with Intellectual disability, Autism, and other health issues, Needs Help After Father Diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease.
Our team is reaching out in hopes that you or your company will help us raise the needed funds to repair the home, faith and spirit of the most deserving family. The Murphy’s, also known as ‘The Smurfs,” are a kind and caring family of 4 – Chris, Kathy, David and Sarah. Chris and Kathy would give you the shirts off their backs if they thought you needed it. Chris is always the first to volunteer and Kathy made sure she asked everyone what she could do. They are truly a very special family and deserve the best.
Chris and Kathy have two adult children who live with them. Sarah has autism and has always required constant supervision and therapies. The family has spent the last 18 years doing the best they could to raise Sarah and struggled to just get through the day. Having a child with autism has required them to forgo basic necessities, home repairs and sometimes even therapies.
To make matters worse, Chris fell at work two years ago, completely tearing his rotator cuff and bicep muscle and damaged his shoulder blade. It took workers comp an entire year before he was cleared to get his shoulder repaired. He awoke from surgery with a debilitating tremor in his dominate arm. It then took another year for doctors to tell him that the surgery brought on early onset Parkinson’s disease. Due to his tremor, the doctors are hesitant to do the surgery to repair his shoulder blade, leaving his right arm with limited mobility. This was a huge blow to Chris and his family. Not being unable to work full time for the last two years has made what was already a very hard situation worse.
Home repairs were not an option for the family. A leaking toilet went unfixed, dry rot formed on the back of the house leaving a football size hole under a window, and appliances have been broken for years. It is now a health hazard for the family, due to mold and other significant safety issues in the house.
A group of friends and strangers have come together to help the “Smurfs” renovate their home so they can live safely, and without worry. To do this, we need help. We have started renovations on one of the bathrooms to insure there is one for volunteers. We have also started replacing the damaged sub flooring throughout the house. Below we have listed the projects that we need help funding. They are listed starting with the most critics ones first.
The family has been blessed with a place to stay during renovations.
PROJECTS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED
✓ Siding replaced
✓ Drywall replaced on ceiling & master bathroom
✓ Deck replaced
✓ Electrical & Plumbing repairs
✓ Sub-Flooring throughout replaced
✓ Flooring replaced in the entire house
✓ Bathrooms totally renovated
✓ Gutters replaced
✓ Pest control treatments
✓ Kitchen renovated
✓ HVAC maintained/possibly needs replaced
✓ Fireplace maintainedfixed
✓ Extensive yard work
✓ Tree removal
✓ Fence removal
✓ Appliances replaced
✓ Exterior and interior painting
Our Team is working with Lowe’s. Lowes is providing supplies at cost or slightly above cost. Without their help we would not be able to purchase all the supplies need within our budget. Lowes is allowing us to make this house healthy and safe for this family. With your help our team will be able to purchase all the supplies needed to provide the family with a worry free home.
Outside siding one of a few holes
One of the Window framing damage
Some of the Ceiling damage
Sub flooring damage
- Dianne Taylor
- Emily Granato
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