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On January 18, 2014 18 year old David White sustained a devastating spinal cord injury while at a local gymnastics center. David is the son of Tina White, a 17 year employee of Polk County Fire Rescue.
David was initially air lifted to Tampa General Hospital, then on February 3 was transferred to The Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia for rehabilitation. He received intensive spinal injury therapy.
David relies on a motorized wheelchair for all mobility. He was scheduled to be released the first week of May, but in order for him to come home, the White family home would require extensive renovation. David needed a safe and accessible place to come home to.
The Polk county Firefighters Benevolent Fund stepped up along with its members of the Polk County Fire Rescue and did the needed extensive retrofit of the White family home. The goal was to make the home a handicap accessible safe place for David.
On April 4, 2014 construction began, and on May 2, 2014 the last of the Polk County Fire Fighters Benevolent participants exited the White home with the mission complete.
May 3, 2014 David returned home to a safe and handicap accessible environment.
The tremendous endeavor of renovations to the White family home would not have been possible without the generous contributions from the communities following businesses:
Abilities Foundation, Clearwater Fl
ACT, Bartow Fl
Arkay Engineering, Lakeland Fl
Caldwell Concrete Finishing, Auburndale Fl
Florida Tile, Lakeland Fl
Home Depot Foundation
Home Depot, South Lakeland
Hulbert Homes, Lakeland Fl
KMR Concrete, Bartow Fl
Lawrence Plumbing, Bartow Fl
Manning Building Supply, Lakeland Fl
Mann Septic Tank Service, Bartow Fl
Win Supply Plumbing Distributors, Lakeland Fl
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