Local Businesses Surprise Terminally ill 24-year-old Eagle Scout and Family with Gift of Air Conditioning


As southwest Florida residents and businesses continue to recover from the impact of Hurricane Irma, Lee BIA Builders Care was fortunate enough to help a wonderful family in South Fort Myers by providing them with a brand new air conditioner this week. This life-changing gift was possible thanks to the generosity of St. Clair’s Custom Air, Ferguson HVAC, Fujitsu and Tropic Supply.

Despite the overwhelming amount of recovery efforts in our community, these amazing companies immediately stepped up to help this family, all at no cost to the homeowners.

The compassionate efforts of these individuals truly exemplify the meaning of community and the importance of pulling together during challenging times.

From Left: Greg St. Clair, Scott and Theresa Doenitz and Charles Thornton.




About the Doenitz Family

Theresa and Scott Doenitz moved into their Fort Myers home in 1995 to raise their 3 children, Josh, Matthew and Lauren. They owned a local oil-change franchise while their children attended Fort Myers High School and all were very involved in the community. Life was good for the Doenitz family. In 2011, after the youngest son Josh graduated high school, they learned unexpected news that quickly changed the picture. At just 18 years old, Josh was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. This news came right after his Eagle Scout Ceremony.

As the family learned more about the severity of his health, Theresa, a CNA for 30+ years, immediately quit her job to take care of her son.  For the last 6 years, Theresa has served as Josh’s full-time and much needed care taker.   The financial burden of medical treatment put the family in severe financial hardship.  Subsequently, Scott handed over their family business so he could take on a full-time job elsewhere that offered the much-needed and critical health insurance that their franchise lacked.

Since diagnosis, Josh, who is now 24, has undergone dozens of treatment protocols, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The family has traveled monthly around the country seeking the best possible care and participating in clinical trials that offered them some hope.   Priorities related to their home quickly fell to the bottom of the list, as they would for any family going through similar circumstance. Today, Josh receives assistance from Hospice and the family is doing their best to provide a comfortable environment for Josh.

Thank you to our wonderful community partners for making this life changing gift possible!






About Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (BIA). Its mission is to provide emergency home repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people who are unable to obtain home repairs through traditional means. To date, Lee BIA Builders Care has put more than $4.5 Million in construction services back into the community at no cost to homeowners in need.  Builders Care enlists the volunteer services of Lee BIA members and leverages grants and donated materials to provide construction and remodeling services to qualified homeowners throughout Lee County. Builders Care is headquartered at the Lee BIA offices at 10501 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Suite 118 in Fort Myers. The Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net ) is a 62-year-old association affiliated with National Home Builders Association and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to strengthen our community by advancing a professional building industry through advocacy, education, and services. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care on Facebook at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare, on Twitter @LeeBuildersCare and Instagram @LeeBuildersCare.