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Dreaming Together: Family gets new accessible home

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Hanging on Sue Spece's wall, there's a saying. "A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality."

This summer, her dreams came true. Her three adult children have a form of muscular dystrophy, and are in wheelchairs. She cares for them, lifting them in and out of bed every day.

"As they get heavier and I get older, I don't want to injure myself so I'm not able to take care of them," she said.

But in May, Spece's family got the gift of a lifetime -- a new home near Independence, built specially for them. The cost was completely covered by donations.

"Our goal with this was to provide something that was low maintenance that would allow Sue to keep the kids at home, and the lift system is a big part of that," said Kim Finholt of Building A Dream In The Country, the organization formed to help Spece.

"They have just been so much support and so much generosity," Spece said. "There's no words that can define it. The feeling is very heartwarming."

The home comes with a new lift system. It moves through the house on a rail, and uses a sling to lift someone in and out of a wheelchair. It's been Spece's dream for a long time.

So while a dream you dream alone may stay a dream, but luckily, Sue isn't alone. Far from it.

"There are definitely some generous people out there," she said. "I never dreamed this would come true, but it did."

The next step is finishing the attached garage, which will make getting to the car easier in the winter. More information and a donation link are available here.

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