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Community groups work together to build wheelchair ramp

Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Debbie Pevahouse, recipient of a new wheelchair ramp, with Debra Roberson from the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund and the Civitans who built the ramp along with their additional volunteers and Pevahouse's granddaughter. From left to right: David Raines, Debra Roberson, Dan Felkner, Alec Jackson, Jeff Jackson, Dave Huntley, Debbie Pevahouse, Adassen Stover, Kresta Cook, Dekotta Stover and Alyssa Sisson.
The Civitans are known for their good work here in Dyersburg, and June 16 was no exception. Adding to their list of good deeds, they built their 54th wheelchair ramp for Debbie Pevahouse.

The Civitans are alerted to needs by many different organizations and individuals, but people who are in the home healthcare industry are more aware of their "good deeds" than most. Melinda Underwood, from Volunteer Home Care, recently contacted them about a client of hers with cancer that was in desperate need of a wheelchair ramp. Taking action immediately, the Civitans tried to qualify her with funding from the United Cerebral Palsy foundation located in Nashville. The Cerebral Palsy foundation has a qualifying process to receive funds for assistance and they partner with the Civitans to provide assistance to many disabled people regardless of the cause of the disability. Their criteria were not met in this instance, but that did not discourage the Civitans or Underwood. Searching for alternate funds, Underwood contacted the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund. This fund is set up to benefit only Dyer County residents actively receiving cancer treatments.

"I am thankful to be able to reach out to the Civitans, and glad to see all the local charities work together for the good of the community," said Debra Roberson, chairwoman for the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund.

This particular organization is unlike the American Cancer Society or any other national charity as its sole purpose is to serve Dyer County only.

Pevahouse is battling lung cancer and lives with her daughter and son-in-law. It was physically taxing on her daughter to get her in and out of the house.

"I didn't know where to get a wheelchair ramp, or how to go about finding out what I qualified for," said Pavahouse. "I don't know what I would've done without these organizations. I am able to get outdoors now. I have been out in the backyard to drink coffee and sit outdoors with my daughter since the ramp was built. I am so thankful for everyone involved."

Forcum Lannom worked within the recipient's budget to provide the lumber needed for this project and the Civitans provided the labor and screws, bolts, nuts, nails, etc.

Underwood stated she was honored to be a part of this project.

"It's very rewarding to be able to help," said Underwood. "I am very thankful for the Civitans, they are a great group of people and Debra Roberson at the Dyer County Community Cancer Fund was wonderful. It was a great experience."

Once again, Dyer County proves that this community comes together for the betterment of its citizens and joint efforts are made by several organizations working in conjunction to resolve issues for someone in need.



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