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Heitman Family Returns Home

This past Tuesday, October 15th 14 year old Erika Heitman returned to her home after being hospitalized for quite sometime. Erika suffers from a degenerative, incurable, genetic connective tissue disorder – Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS).  Erika is now in chronic pain and uses a wheelchair.  Pain management is all the medical community can offer. After St. Paul’s UMC reached out to Pleasure Island community to make her home more accessible, they received a flood of local contractors, businesses and volunteers more than willing to help. Thanks to the Welcome Home Angel organization, Erika came home to a house she can freely move throughout in her wheelchair including a chair lift, completely accessible kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Erika and her family, including her mother, brother and grandparents expressed their deep gratitude for what everyone had done.
Special thanks to Bass Built, Indoff Business Interiors, the Carolina Closet Company, Strickland’s Window Coverings, Advanced Water Systems, Pye Electric, Taylor’s Heating & Air, Atlantic Appliance & Hardware, Builders First Source, G.R.I.T.S. Cleaning Service, Roberts Plumbing & Repair, Ed Newsome’s Harwood Floors, Prestige Kitchens, Cape Fear Tile & Marble and Foremost Installation for making it all happen. St. Paul’s UMC of Carolina Beach will host a Low Country Boil, silent auction and live auction on October 26, 2013 to benefit the Heitman family.   Join us at 2:00pm as the silent auction opens and bring your appetite with you for the delicious Boil, served at 3:00pm.  Tickets are a $15 donation per person and can be purchased either by calling Patty at 910-452-7281, St. Paul’s UMC at 910-458-5310, or by visiting the church at 300 Harper Avenue.  And then get ready - the silent auction will close as the live auction begins at 4:00pm.  Everyone is invited and please, bring your friends! For more information on the Welcome Home Angel organization visit www.welcomehomeangel.com.