Girl gets remodeled bathroom to accommodate her disability

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Dawn Boles has struggled with a bone disorder since birth. She is now 14.

"It is called Osteogenesis Imperfecta," said' Boles, "It is a brittle bone disease."

It sounds awful but a few minutes with this teenager and you quickly realize that her health condition does not affect her spirit. She's talkative, positive and has been waiting for months to see her new bathroom.

Boles lives with Barbara Antill, her grandmother.

"Our house was built in the 50s," said Antill, "it is difficult for her to take a bath. One time she fell and broke her tail bone."

Last November, the Northeast Florida Builders Association (NEFBA) Remodelers Council learned about Dawn's needs and decided to remodel the bathroom.

"We were moved by her need and wanted to make a difference in her life," said Tom Trout.

Trout said volunteers donated countless hours to remodel the bathroom, and vendors donated the new ADA-compliant bathtub.

"It moved my heart to see her reaction," said Trout.

Dawn said she has been waiting for weeks to see the finished product. Tuesday when it was revealed, she screamed with joy.

"This is all mine," she said," I am very happy."


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