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On Your Side: Companies donate home improvements for ALS patient

Two companies and an organization teamed up to renovate a home for an ALS patient and her disabled husband NBC12 reported on months ago.

ALS is a progressive, paralyzing and fatal disease. Although the abbreviation really stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease), Lisa Davis says it stands for "always losing something." But thanks to Good Neighbor Community Services the Davises have a remodeled home for wheelchair accessibility and friends for life.

Remember seeing Lisa Davis rolling up to her bathroom and leaving the wheelchair because the door wasn't wide enough? Then, standing on bobbly legs and creeping, reaching with an unsure grip to use the toilet or shower? Look at her now. How easy it is to take care of her personal needs with reduced risk of hurting herself.

"It's restored our faith in humanity," she said.

Davis loves independence more than she fears falling, and life is better now, mostly because of staff at Good Neighbor Community services. They went in months ago, ripped out the old and installed the new, which greatly improved the Davis' quality of life.

All the improvements are too numerous to list, but be assured each is a necessity that's truly appreciated.

"The zero clearance so she can literally just roll up to here, and that allows her to access this without having any concerns with falling over," Matthew Marek said.

Marek, with Good Neighbor Community Services, recruited Home Depot.

"We didn't twist their arm. We literally went down there and we talked to them. They came back and said we'll order all the supplies for you."

"I worried every time she creeped into the shower that she was going to fall through those glass doors," Lisa's husband Scott Davis said.

TNT even redid the landscape, creating a beautiful oasis to counter the difficult times ahead. The organization took care of Lisa's immediate needs and they have anticipated the future.

"I feel like the guys will be there for me when I need other stuff as the disease progresses," she said.

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