Mother with ALS receives Life-Changing Renovations

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Flavia Nascimento, 38, is a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children, Arthur, age 8 and Alice, age 4. Originally from Brazil, she traveled to the US in a study abroad program and eventually moved to SWFL permanently. Flavia attended Florida Gulf Coast University as a student in the School of Nursing and went on to graduate in 2002. Flavia immediately found employment and worked for Lee Health as a nurse for 16 years. She is loved by many in the community.

In June 2018, Flavia was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). ALS causes destruction of motor neurons throughout the body. ALS specifically targets motor neurons that control speech, swallowing, breathing and movement of arms and legs. Currently there is little treatment for ALS and in most cases the cause is unknown. As some know with this disease, conditions and symptoms can deteriorate rapidly, which has been the case for Flavia.

Since the June diagnosis, she has lost her ability to independently perform a majority of her daily activities. These circumstances became increasingly difficult for Flavia and her family and the need for accessibility modifications were critical.

Their home did not have an accessible ramp to enter and exit safely and Flavia was unable to leave the home without assistance. In addition, her current bathroom was not handicap accessible and as a result, she had to be sponge bathed using the bathroom sink.

After learning about Flavia’s situation, local contractors quickly stepped in to help provide accessibility modifications to the home.

In only a matter of 4 days, Bonness Inc. and ARGOS USA partnered together to provide an accessible concrete ramp for Flavia to enter and exit her home safely.

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In addition, Frank R. Jenkin’s Custom Homes and partners stepped in to provide accessible modifications to her bathroom. In a little under 2 weeks, her bathtub was transformed into an accessible roll-in shower. Additional partners included: Cape Coral Plumbing, Wayne Wiles Floorcoverings, Advantage Plastering & Finish Carpentry, Inc. and Pipestone Painting.

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The ramp and accessible bathroom has been a blessing for the family and provides them with much ease and comfort. The Nascimento family is forever grateful to the community partners for this life-changing gift.

All labor and renovations were provided at no cost to the family, thanks to the generosity of these wonderful community partners.

Advantage Plastering & Finish Carpentry, Inc.

About Lee BIA Builders Care

Builders Care is the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA). The mission of Lee BIA Builders Care is to provide emergency construction services at no cost to needy and deserving elderly and/or disabled homeowners, and their families, who cannot obtain 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 and the Lee BIA are headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd. #4 in Fort Myers. The Lee Building Industry Association (www.BIA.net) is a 64-year-old association affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and Florida Home Builders Association that serves to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. Donations can be made online at www.LeeBuildersCare.org. More information is available by calling 239-938-0056. Follow Builders Care at Facebook.com/LeeBuildersCare.