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4/06/07-Tyler

Woman Battling Cancer Moves Into RV, Remodeled By Church Members

An East Texas woman says members of a local church came to her aid during the most difficult time of her life.  Today she saw the results of their work.

Earlier this week we told you about Retta Lemley, who's battling cancer.  Just two weeks ago she had to have her kidney removed.

Today, she entered her brand new home.  Lemley was amazed.  "This is so pretty.  Oh my gosh," said Lemley. 

The RV she was living in before was only 15 feet long. Her living room, bedroom, kitchen were all in the same room. Making matters worse, she had no restroom and no running water.

When Sandra Herring, a member of Green Acres Baptist Church found out, she decided to do something about it.  She bought a used RV and asked church members to pitch in and help her fix it up.  "So many people offered things and I thank those people," said Herring.  

Everything from the floor to the ceiling needed work.  Today, we saw the big changes.  "I have a bathroom, a shower, running water," said Lemley.  But it's the little things that make it feel like home:  a candle in the living room; Retta's decorations in the bedroom; and even a dog bowl for her Chihuahua "Rusty".

Retta says this will be a Good Friday she will never forget.  And how does she plan to spend it? "I'm going to sit back and relax and try to get my tv going," said Retta.

In all, about a dozen people helped to rebuild the RV and about 50 people donated items for Retta's place.      

Oralia Ortega, Reporting.  ortega@kltv.com

 

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