In the summer of 2016, Casey Webb, a young woman from St. Cloud, suffered a C5/6 spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia. After a 2 month stay in the hospital, Casey was finally able to go home to begin to figure out how she would traverse life given her unfortunate physical challenges. Through mutual friends, Casey was introduced to Dustin Anderson, a St. Cloud man who had an injury very similar to hers.
Casey found a friend in Dustin and his wife, and with their support and guidance, helped Casey acclimate to being home. Casey said, “One day Dustin came over and asked if he could help find a way to have a fully accessible bathroom. Dustin reached out to Scott Urban, owner of Distinctive Homes in St. Cloud, telling with him my need for an accessible bathroom. Scott came out to my house and spoke with me. After our conversation, Scott decided that the master bathroom wasn’t going to be big enough to meet my needs and suggested he’d talk with other tradespeople in the community to see what could be done in order to build an accessible bathroom in my house.”
Dustin raised community awareness by starting a GoFundMe page to help with Casey’s expenses. Dustin’s family, who have a concrete and grading business, was also involved in the project, and along with Scott Urban who headed up the project, they brought in a number of other tradespeople who donated time and materials. Everyone came together in order to create Casey a beautiful accessible bathroom to fit her every need and at a minimal cost to her. Casey’s friend, Michael Bravato, and her two cousins AJ Aguilar and Brian Brigham, also provided a helpful hand during the project.
“I am overwhelmed with joy and so thankful for the generosity and kindness of all involved in this project. I would especially like to thank Dustin and Scott for starting the whole thing. I can’t express what it means to me to be able to use such a functional bathroom! Being able to fit into my own bathroom, roll under the sink to brush my teeth, wash my face and hands, and roll into the shower to wash even with assistance has given me a sense of independence I never thought I’d get back. I am so appreciative and proud I live in a place where the community comes together when people are in need. Thank you”
– Casey Webb
Casey and her family would like to send thank you to all of the generous business and community members who took the time and effort to help make her home more wheelchair accessible.
Scott Urban from Distinctive Homes who headed the whole project
John Doddato from Doddato’s Powerhouse Electric, Inc. whose company did all the initial electric work on the bathroom, supplied materials and labor for the wiring and boxes.
Brian Brigham donated his time and some materials to install all of the switches outlets and fans to make the house SMART and voice controlled.
Tom Lilly from CT Lilly Plumbing did all the plumbing work, supplied materials and labor
Matt Smith from Floor Covering by Matthew Smith. Matt Smith did the shower and part of the living area tile install at reduced labor cost.
Scott O’brien with Twin Tile LLC finished the bathroom floor and the interior floor install at reduced labor cost.
Mike Carr of Michael C Carr, Inc. (Framing) did the framing on the new bathroom, provided labor and either partial or full supplies we only paid for part of the roof trusses.
Mike Hammond of Mike Hammond Masonry did all the masonry install, labor, and supplies.
Tommy Pate from Gemini Building Services, LLC. Tommy did the drywall install.
Heath Williams (Dustin’s family) Heath supplied all the concrete and labor for the new bathroom. He also did extra sidewalk, patio and ramp install at his cost for concrete donated the labor.
Paul Williams of Williams & Sons Grading provided all the grading work gratis.
Jake Bollen of JB Precision Carpentry, Inc. donated all the trim carpenter work
Don Fitzgerald of Donald Fitzgerald Painting All the painting for the new bathroom, supplies, and labor
Rick Brown from Custom Design Company Contact donated the exterior door and trim
Chris from Buck Lumber donated the majority of the lumber for the bathroom build
Allan Wagner of AW design did the approved plans at no cost.
Michael Bravato LLC designed and built bathroom vanity and shelves for linen closet (donated labor and materials)
AJ Aguilar at AKA Reconditioning did all the touch up on the bathroom, installed doorknobs, painted exterior bathroom door, living area drywall repair and paint as well as install new baseboards in living and kitchen areas at reduced labor cost.
Precision Flooring and Granite donated the granite for the vanity and windowsill and installed it.
Jeff Proco with Jadar Construction services and Gene Paras with Gene Paras Stucco provided some of the stucco work.
Frankie Andino with Alpha Omega A/V & Smart Homes advised and programmed the smart home equipment. Casey’s home is voice controlled thanks to him.
Crystal Jones with Nutrition Zone organized a meal train that provided dinner 5 nights a week for several months after Casey came home from the hospital.
The St. Cloud community has gone above and beyond in order to help Casey during her time. Casey’s original bathroom was converted into a closet, a new wheelchair-friendly master bathroom was added to her home, the entrance to her laundry room was widened, and a concrete walkway was added to her backyard. The sitting area on Casey’s front porch was also extended making it easier for her to utilize and enjoy the front porch.
Positively Osceola would like to join Casey by saying thank you to all of the people involved in the remodeling of her home that made such a Positive Difference in her life and in the community, and thank you, Casey, for allowing Positively Osceola the opportunity to share your story!