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08/23/03

Volunteers Help Make Life Easier For Coast Man

The buzz of power tools is music to the ears of James Lopez, because he knows this saw and these nail guns are building a promising future in the form of a new wooden ramp - all for free.

"I was crawling up and down them stairs right yonder. I'd get out of my chair, go up a step, pick myself up and go up a step on my tush until I got up inside the door. Then my brother-in-law would pick up my chair and bring it in," said Lopez.

"I rolled up here maybe two months ago, he's trapped in his house. He had surgery, he can't move. He's not allowed to get out of his chair. To get out he had to crawl down these stairs and my goal as a therapist with him, was to get him independent again," said volunteer Shane Laflamme.

And they are doing just that.

Shane, who works for Care In Home Health, called the LIFE organization, or Living Independence For Everyone.

With its help, along with the generosity of Shane Hight, who owns Handicap Ramps R Us, Lopez's dream turned into a reality.

"It helps people, you know, and that's why I do it because we like helping people,and after we do something like that, you know, you help somebody get out of there house 'cause you never know if a house burns you know how are they gonna get out - jump? You know, at least he can get out now," said Hight.

"I'm telling you what it's beautiful. I get to come outside. No fooling. It makes a big difference. You get inside you can't come out, you get depressed. But see now I can come outside, mess with my dog Bud, you know, come out with my sister Tilly and my brother in law and cook in the yard. It makes all the difference," said Lopez.

James Lopez would like to thank everyone involved in this project...including the LIFE organization and Handicap Ramps R Us.

By Karla Redditte

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