Escondido, CA (WTVR)--Every year, a California contractors' group chooses a project that will change somebody's life. This year, the home improvement pros are doing a home makeover for a young mother who recently lost the use of all four limbs.
Welcome to a big-hearted construction zone. Twenty volunteers are crafting a new bathroom with a vanity, widened doors, a new shower and toilet -- all for a wonderful cause.
Taylor church's bedroom and bathroom are being torn apart, and she couldn't be happier.
“It means I'm getting a new bathroom,” Taylor Church, renovation recipient, said. “I'm excited.”
Back in May, this 22-year-old single mother thought she had the flu, but instead she was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood infection.
Although medication saved her life, doctors were forced to amputate both of Taylor’s hands and her legs below her knees.
“The right choice was made, to say the least, and I'm happy with the decision that was made,” she said. “I'm happy and perfectly content just the way I am.”
Taylor's two-year-old son Aiden is her purpose in life, and when she wanted to give up on herself, her father -- a tough, retired marine -- would put Aiden in her lap.
“It got me every time, every time,” Chris Church, Taylor's Father, said. “She is doing great and she gets stronger every day so she is my little hero in a sense.”
Taylor's optimism has helped her re-learn every skill, from writing to changing diapers. In fact, she wants to pick up a hammer. “If i could help, I would, but I know they won't let me.
No, they won't.
The National Association of the Remodeling industry, known as "Nari" heard about Taylor’s story, and stepped in.
It's really rewarding to be able to use what we do our skills; our talent to do something more than just scratch out a living,” Sheen Fisher, National Association of the Remodeling Industry, said.
A wheelchair-friendly home means this miraculous mother can put thoughts of moving to an assisted living home to bed forever. This remodel is going to give me a whole new level of independence.
This project should cost upwards of $25,000, but all of the work and materials are being donated, and believe it or not, Taylor and Aden get to move back in here in about a week.