Judy, 61, hasn’t had air conditioning in over two years. But, with her amazing attitude towards life, you would never know it.
“Judy’s story touched our hearts and we wanted to share it,” said Heidi Taulman, executive director of Lee BIA Builders Care. “We were fortunate that Dr. Kool stepped up and wanted to help.”
“It was truly a team effort and I am so happy to be a part of it,” said Mark Maner, owner of Dr. Kool along with his wife Melissa. “We have been wanting to do this since we started this business a year and a half ago,” said Melissa Maner.
Dr. Kool was joined by Tropic Supply and the manufacturers of Ruud in order to make this surprise a reality. “I was committed to doing it all along, but I was unsure of when we would be able to get the funds together if we had to purchase the equipment on our own. Ruud and Tropic Supply made it possible to do now,” said Mark Maner.
Nicole Loy of Tropic Supply joined in the surprise today,
“Tropic Supply and Ruud sponsored a selfie contest asking companies to send in selfie photos for a chance to win a free unit. Dr. Kool sent in one of the most creative photos. When Dr. Kool did not win the competition and we heard Judy’s story, all of us went to work to see what we could get done.”
Judy, 61, has trouble communicating after a stroke at age 53. She worked for 16 years at the Lee County School Board as a paraprofessional with second and third graders until the stroke that forced to retire. In 2007, Judy suffered a stroke while driving her daughter and new grandchild to the doctors’ office. Even though their car went into the side of a house, people suffered only minor injuries. She is a recent widow after 40+ years of marriage to a Marine, a mother to four grown children and has beat Cancer twice.
The 58-year-old home, has a lot of maintenance issues including plumbing issues and broken windows. Her air conditioning has not worked in over two years which could lead to more medical issues for Judy.
Special Thanks to our partners for making this happen! Photos of the surprise here