Flu disrupting home remodel for man paralyzed in accident

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PROVO -- Volunteers in Provo are scrambling to remodel a home belonging to a man paralyzed from the waist down.

The Heart 2 Home team has been working since Monday to get the family's gutted home ready by Friday evening for the big reveal, but the flu season has added some unexpected challenges, and they are running behind.

When you walk into the construction zone of the home, it's hard to believe that Friday night, Cameron Sevy and his family will actually live there.

"Cameron was injured in a sledding accident in 2007, so as a result he's paralyzed from the waist down," says Greg Adamson, co-founder of Heart 2 Home.

Add to that flooding and drywall problems in the Sevy home. Last summer, it was so bad the kids had to sleep in a tent in the backyard.

Did you know... Heart 2 Home has raised over $2.5 Million for Utah families since it was established in 2004.

"It's an issue for the whole family. So we wanted to come in and make the home more livable, not only for Cam but for his wife and kids," Adamson says.

Adamson co-founded Heart 2 Home in 2004. He wants to make Sevy's 100-year-old home a place free of its rotting drywall and flooding foundation. But a huge chunk of his crew is home sick with the flu, just one day before the family returns from Las Vegas.

Those still well enough to work are going twice as fast.

Travis Smith a tile contractor is volunteering his time to create a wheelchair-accessible shower. Some other volunteers, who just found out about the project on Wednesday, are already putting in a cement wheelchair ramp.

Donations have made expensive projects affordable. It's all in hopes that the Sevy family can enjoy their home for years to come.

Adamson says, "That's the payoff; that's what everybody works for. And a lot of people that work on these projects are working for a family, people they've never met."

The volunteers still have a lot of work to do by Friday evening. If you'd like to volunteer, click here for more information.

E-mail: jboal@ksl.com


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