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OGDEN — It's been 29 years since Travis Campf was able to move his own body. Back on June 3, 1987, the car he was in was hit by a drunk driver.
“She hit us on the side of the car, the car wrapped around Travis. It broke his neck,” said Lorrie Campf, Travis’ mother.
The crash paralyzed him from the neck down when he was just 7 years old. His family, especially his mother, was devastated by the news.
“He needed 24/7 care. I went through some classes at Primary Children’s and they said he should be put in a nursing home and I said, ‘No,’” Campf said.
To care for him at home, Lorrie couldn’t work a traditional job.
In 2006, she borrowed money against the home to pay for other bills but ended up losing it altogether, leaving the family homeless.
“I tried to provide for them where I could, when I could but that’s when Anthony was my knight,” Campf said as she laughed.
Anthony Marler bought the home for $75,000 in 2007. He did it as an investment but quickly changed his mind when he learned about the family's condition.
“We've bought a lot of houses and yeah, this one is very unique,” Marler said. “We've done our best to treat it special and make sure that [the Campf family] stays here.”
He now rents the home to them, just enough to cover the mortgage.
Just two months ago he had an offer on the house but decided not to sell.
He has 23 years left on the mortgage but said each month when the family pays rent from their Social Security check, what’s left is barely enough to make ends meet.
So now he’s asking the community, through a GoFundMe* page, to donate what they can to pay off the house.
“A mother who has spent 29 years by this kid’s bedside, taking care of him, you know, I think if anybody else does that, we'll try to give them their house for free,” Marler said.
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