Judy Aguirre, a wife and mother of two young boys, fell in her Baldwinsville home last September suffering a broken neck, which left her paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
For three weeks she was in intensive care and she spent another 10 weeks in rehabilitation. While medical expenses were covered by insurance, rehabilitation services, adaptive equipment and home conversion expenses were not.
In a community-wide effort to help the Aguirre family, several local companies have donated supplies, and employees of McClurg Remodeling & Construction Services volunteered to construct a wheelchair accessible deck at her home. The volunteers broke ground on the project May 19.
"Our family is enormously grateful to so many people and companies in our community who are helping my sister and her family during this very challenging time," said Jennifer Harte, Judy's sister. "The deck will enable Judy to spend time with her boys and family in the yard she has always cherished. She is very strong willed and determined to recover from her injuries and remain an active mother."
Businesses donating materials for the project include Trex, Black Glass, Skaneateles Scapes, 84 Lumber, Liverpool Lumber, Matheison Portable Toilets and Nightingale True Value Hardware. McClurg employees are donating labor.
"The project will take up to three weeks to complete, depending on weather," said Brian Ciota, vice president and co-owner of McClurg.
Anyone interested in helping the family can contact Jennifer Harte at 254-9171. Community members can follow the progress at facebook.com/McClurgTeam or at twitter.com/McClurgTeam.