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Woman suffering from ALS gets custom home

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

An amazing moment Friday, November 17, 2017, for Kathy Martin and her family who can now call their new Coeur d’Alene home, theirs.

“I’m really thankful, it’s going to help me out a lot,” Martin said.

Kathy Martin has ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which affects nerves in your brain and spinal cord that control your muscles.

The home, built specifically to cater to Kathy’s needs is the first of its kind.


She’ll live on the main floor where the blinds, lights, and the front door are voice and eye motion activated.

“If and when I lose the ability to talk the eye gaze will give me the freedom to communicate with people, I can still open the window, open the door, make phone calls,” she said.

The foundation that helped Martin and her family is Matt’s Place.

Started by Matt Wild and his Theresa, both Coeur d’Alene natives, and Matt a military veteran who has ALS.

“He (Matt) said ‘what can we do?’” Theresa said,  “and I said lets build houses and Matthew's motto is 'go big or go home' if anybody knows Matthew and so I said lets do it."”
 

This house will give Martin the independence, she says, that most of us take for granted.

“Just being able to do things more normal, you lose a lot ability quickly and to be able to just do the simple things, going from the bed to the shower is a big deal,” Martin said.

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