|12/10/2012 2:40:00 PM|
Faith guides 'Miraculous
Mia' roof project in Mendota
|NewsTribune photo/Tamara Abbey|
Carlos Escatel (left) and Brian Owens check supplies while a crew of volunteers works to replace the roof on the Ortiz house in Mendota. “Miraculous Mia” was born May 11 with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic disorder that has kept her hospitalized in Peoria for most of her life. Her parents, Lee and Angie Ortiz, hope to bring her home once the house passes inspection.
MENDOTA — Brian Owens, owner of ABC Construction and pastor at Mendota’s Church of the Nazarene, had faith that a volunteer roofing job on Springfield Street in Mendota would happen Saturday.
At 7 a.m. a crew of volunteers was stripping off the old roof, and rows of new shingles were going up at noon. Owens wasn’t sure if they were on schedule to complete the job in the one day, but at 4:30 p.m., the last shingle was laid, and the volunteers were gathering tools and celebrating.
Last week, Owens said he had faith that the project would come together and that faith, along with the generosity of friends, family and neighbors, paid off.
The house belongs to the Lee and Angie Ortiz family. Mia, known as “Miraculous Mia” was born May 11 with Trisomy 13, a rare genetic disorder that has kept her hospitalized for most of her young life.
Her family wants to bring her home, but a small leak in the roof several years ago led to more leaks and problems. When Owens learned the baby couldn’t come home until repairs were done, he and Carlos Escatel jumped into action.
Donations from ABC Supply in Peru, Lily Pads, MFC Building Supplies in Mendota along with individual cash donations and lunch from Marchelloni’s helped fuel the project, Owens said. Ortiz said his brother Steve, and friend Cristhian Hernandez came from as far away as LaFayette, Ind., to help with the project.
Neither Owens nor Escatel is related to Ortiz, which made the volunteer project that much more poignant for Mia’s family.
“It was just amazing how Brian got everything together,” Lee said. “I just can’t thank them enough.”
Staff at Children’s Hospital in Peoria are working to get Mia stabilized so she can return home. Follow her story on Facebook (See Related Links below).
Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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