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Independence family receives $2,500 to put towards new home

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A family in Independence received $2,500 Friday afternoon to help make big improvements to their home. Sue Spece is the mother of three children who have Spinal Muscular Atrophy and are confined to wheelchairs. On Friday afternoon, Sue and her son Josh were surprised at their family business In the Country Garden and Gifts by members of Royal Neighbors of America and Friends. That's when she received $2,500 from the organization to be put towards a new home.

"It's very overwhelming, I don't know how I am ever going to thank everybody for what they are doing. The support the people that you know. Not only our community but other communities have been great." said Sue Spece.

It was friends of Spece that nominated her to the organization as an empowered women who went above and beyond for her children. Kathy Finholts is a member of a group called "Building a Dream in the Country," a committee created to help build a safe, handicapped accessible, low maintenance home for the family.

"She is just the most amazing women. She has given everything she has to her kids to make sure they can follow their dreams." Finholts said.

Spece is the mother of three children who have been affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She is the main care giver for those children.

"As I get older and they get bigger, I worry about hurting myself so that I'm not able to take care of them," she said. "But I also worry about dropping them."

Since 2011, a group called "Building a Dream in the Country" has been collecting money in hopes of building a safe, handicapped accessible, low maintenance home for the family. The group even tried to have Spece featured on the television series Extreme Makeover Home Edition, but the family was not selected.

"The main thing that is important to have in this house for her is the lift system. The overhead lift system that is mounted right on the ceiling. It will help lift the kids out of their bed and into the wheelchairs." Finholts said.

The $2,500 Spece received Friday afternoon will be put towards a new home. So far the building a dream in the community committee has raised just more than $142,000 for the home. The group has a goal of $200,000.

On Thursday, Spece was able to put a down payment on that new home. Members of the building a dream in the country committee will continue to accept donations and fundraiser for added features to the house.

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