Habitat for Humanity helps North Sound family in need – KIRO 7 News Seattle
LAKE STEVENS, Wash. — A Lake Stevens family is getting a new wheelchair ramp, which will be a big help for their young daughter who has a serious genetic condition. This help comes from Habitat for Humanity Snohomish County Home Repair Service.
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Eric Werner’s 5-year-old daughter Fiona was born with Patau syndrome, also known as trisomy 13.
The rare disease causes severe developmental delays.
“She is unable to walk and move around. And so she started kindergarten this year and it was a lot of work getting her out of the house and into her wheelchair,” Eric Werner said.
Eric has to carry Fiona on his shoulder as he exits his front door and carefully descends the steps to his garage, where his daughter’s wheelchair is.
It took its toll on his body, as the Community Transit bus driver underwent eight hip surgeries in six years.
As Fiona got older, he wanted to build a wheelchair ramp for her for a while. However, being a single income family with eight children, money was tight.
But now the family is having this wheelchair ramp built with the help of volunteers from Habitat for Humanity’s home repair service.
On Saturday, KIRO 7 visited the family and saw the ramp being built for the family.
This ramp means the world to Werner because he knows it means Fiona will be able to experience the world.
“She’ll be really happy when she can walk down the ramp and get out because she loves getting out and going to different places. But because it’s a lot of work to get her out of the house, we tend not to. do because it’s a lot of work,” Werner said.
The railing is made with recycled decking materials from Stanwood United Methodist Church, and the project is part of Habitat for Humanity’s overall mission to keep families in their homes.
“We’re really looking for some sort of end vision to help families make their homes safer, more efficient, and more sustainable,” said Christian Anderson, director of construction for Habitat for Humanity.
While Eric would do anything for his family, he is grateful to be able to rely on the village as well.
“I’m almost a little emotional just thinking about how nice of them to do this and how much of a game changer it is for our family, and that’s just amazing,” Werner said. .
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