Community outpouring of help gets woman ramp to see dying son - WNEM TV 5


Community outpouring of help gets woman ramp to see dying son

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Thanks to all of you on the TV5 Rescue Squad, Lucille Surles got the ramp she desperately needed.

"I appreciate everything and may god continue to bless them," Surles said.

She has a bad right knee and left ankle, leaving her homebound for six months, until Wednesday. With the help of family and friends she gave the ramp a test run, while enjoying the fresh air. She said she was thrilled to be able to leave the four walls she had been confined to.

"Glad to get out of the house after six months," Surles said.

Surles just turned 84 on Sunday. Volunteers who helped build this ramp said they're grateful they can give her such a wonderful birthday present.

Joe Thompson is like many of our viewers who saw Surles' story and wanted to help.

"She's able to get out now and enjoy the sunlight, the little bit that we got left," Thompson said.

He designed the ramp. Donations came in for materials. People offered to help build it. A team effort resulting in new found freedom for Surles.

"I'm really happy we got it on the go and we pretty well got it finished now," Thompson said. "We just got the guardrails to put up on it. So we'll pick up the material for that and the inspector came come out and give us the ok on it."

Now Surles is making plans to see her son on Thursday.

He's terminally ill with stage four cancer. Surles said she can't wait to see him and she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from all over the Great Lakes Bay region.

"I think it's a beautiful thing," Surles said.

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