Family's three sons suffer from debilitating genetic neuromuscular disease.
Walter and Lamonica Brown of Arlington have three sons: Camarian, 16, Jakari, 13, and Damari, 11. All three have a debilitating genetic neuromuscular disease that progressively weakens the muscles. Duchennes muscular dystrophy leads to degeneration of the muscles, and there is no cure.
“We were contacted by a local nonprofit organization, Designs from the Heart,” Builders Care Executive Director Justin Brown said. “Designs from the Heart is dedicated to creating ‘dream rooms’ for children with life-altering or life-threatening conditions. They were attempting to meet the needs of the three children when they reached out to us for assistance.”
The walls and ceilings in the two rooms (Jakari and Damari share a room) had sustained water damage and needed structural repairs the Designs from the Heart was not able to make.
“In the shared room, we wanted to install a curtain to create two spaces within the one room,” Michelle Tipton, board member of Designs from the Heart and account manager with Kreative Marketing said. “We needed to be sure the ceiling would support the hardware and the curtain, so we called Builders Care. We had worked on projects in the past, and we needed their construction expertise.”
Builders Care made the repairs, and a curtain was installed in the shared room, giving Jakari and Damari space and privacy.
Designs from the Heart was able to work its magic creating a combination wrestling and reptile space – complete with a live snake.
For older brother Camarian, an avid basketball fan, the room was decorated to reflect his interest in basketball, especially the Cavaliers’ LeBron James.
“Builders Care’s expertise and skill allowed us to upgrade ceiling fans, light fixtures, hang custom blinds and repair the ceilings in both rooms,” Tipton said. “We would not have been able to make these dream rooms happen without Builder’s Care. There is no better feeling in the world than knowing you made a difference in the life of a child.”