Kortney's House
Wednesday, 20 January 2010

January 20--  Most houses aren't built to accomodate wheelchairs, but that's no longer a problem for 14-year-old Kortney Fike of Vidalia.  She's in a wheelchair after being treated for a spinal tumor, and her former school principal Gwen Warren suggested an extreme makeover to Kortney's house.

"She's been through two years of hard times at hospitals in Savannah and Atlanta.  This is just a great blessing.  They've done a tremendous amount of work to make her bedroom and bathroom more accessible for her and it's just really, really nice," Gwen says.

Volunteers from the Journey Community Church and the community spent five days working day and night for Kortney.  Local builder Phillip Edge was there non-stop.

"It's just an incredible opportunity for us to be able to be a part of this girl's life in this way, and hopefully make her life a little bit better.  We've been blessed just by having the opportunity to be here," he said.

ImageKortney sees her renovated bedroom with her Mom and brother.  Friends and well-wishers look through the window to see her reaction.

There was a big crowd in Kortney's front yard when she came home and she was a bit overwhelmed.  "It's very nice and I appreciate the people who have done it and I love them.  It's going to make it a lot easier for me to get around," she said.

Her Mom, Linda said, "I don't know what to say.  I don't know how you could ever thank the church and the community for helping Kortney and our family.  We appreciate it a lot, it's beautiful."

The workers removed walls and a furnace, widened doors, remodeled the bathroom and shower and gave Kortney more room in her bedroom in her favorite color, pink.  

Jeff McCormick of the Journey Church says seeing Kortney made it all worthwhile.  

"We spent a lot of hours up here since last Thursday morning.  Just to see Kortney's face and watch her Mom and see the tears come, we realize we did a great thing.  We're very thankful for all the people and all the businesses which came through.  We hope to be able to do this again and just continue to reach out and impact the community with the gospel of Jesus Christ," he said.

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