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Help a Military family that lost everything!

$16,525 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 227 people in 2 months
We are Katie and Ryan, and our 6yr old son. Ryan has been in the Navy for almost 20 years, and for his last duty station before retirement we chose to move to Washington. When we arrived, we wanted to settle down and get a nice home in which we could grow our family. We looked at many homes and finally fell in love with "the perfect" house. It has everything we wanted, land, big garage, and plenty of room to grow our family.

After moving in, almost immediately our son started having upper respiratory issues, more colds than usual, a change in behavior, and having difficulty sleeping at night. 

We thought there might be a mold problem, so we had the home tested for mold, which tested positive, and we had the mold problem cleaned and resolved. However this did not solve the problem with our son's chronic respiratory issues. The contractor who performed the mold clean up said that immediately when he entered our home that the house had a unique sweet smell, and suggested we have it tested for chemical contaminates.

After talking with the county health department, they referred us to the state health department which then referred us to a "clandestine drug lab cleanup company." We visited the state health department website and found a list of companies that specialize in performing this kind of testing and had a local company come out and test our home. The results show that our entire house is contaminated with methamphetamine residue, that our HVAC system and one of our rooms is 4 times the state's "safe for habitation" limit.

The county was notified and they issued us an order to vacate the property imediately, and that we have 45 days to get the house decontaminated. So we moved out of our home and have been living in a hotel for over 5 weeks. The company that performed the testing told us that everything in our house is contaminated and had to be removed. Anything porous or that can absorb chemicals (cloth, wood, beds, couches, boxed food, etc.) had to be thrown away.

We contacted our insurance hoping they would cover this massive loss and sent them all the documentation we had on the home. About a week later we received an email back from them stating that the "damage" to the property was "pre-exisiting" and not covered under any of our insurance coverages. Even though the "damage" is new and previously unknown to us.

Before all of this started we had enough in savings to help us in case of emergencies, such as a water heater going out, broken window, car problems, etc., however after the mold remediation expences, initial methamphetamine testing, and living out of a hotel room for 5 weeks has destroyed our savings.

We have sought help from everyone and every agency available but there just isn't any resource available for victims of this sort of tragedy. We've been able to secure enough funding to get the home partially decontaminated but even if we get it all cleared up we wont have enough money left at the end of the month to replace basic necessities, like a bed for my son, or a table to sit at for dinner.

Please, anything you can send our way to help us get back on our feet is greatly appreciated!
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Upstairs is finally done as of 8pm this evening. We are half way done with the basement. Should be about one more week before we move back in, if all goes well and we can start accepting all of your wonderful furniture donations! Please continue to share our page as we are still needing financial help as well! Thank you all again very very much!!!
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Here are a few more photos of the basement. We are 1/4 of the way done with the house.
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Found someone to help us paint!! So Ryan and him are at the house today! They got about 1/2 the Basement done which is the most contaminated part causing the most smell!
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Thank you so much again everybody for all of your help! We are almost half way to our goal, We have been able to pay off one of our loans. And get the first half of the paint. Sorry that it's taken so long to post an update it's been really intense Ryan hurt his back, and is back to work, so with my physical limitations I'm unable to go much further. But everything has been taped and papered and I'm happy to say that today we were finally able to start painting with the encapsulation paint because Ryan got some time off of work today. Hopefully we can get a good majority of it painted this weekend. We're hoping that it will only be another week maybe 2 before we can start moving back into the house. And we can start accepting those household donations! Thank you very much again for all of your support you have no idea how much we appreciate you! We couldn't have gotten this far without your help! Please keep us in your prayers and continue to share our story because we still have a long way to go!!! God bless you all!!!
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