They say life only gives you what you can handle...

Paul Legault with his wife Janet Graham

Meet Paul Legault. Paul is a husband and a father. He is a hard-working, successful, determined and proud man who lives in Carleton Place, Ontario. Many people reading this are likely asking, ‘So what?’ The difference is that Paul is a quadriplegic. He had an accident when he was 15 years old, while playing football in high school in 1975 and has been completely paralyzed ever since.

He and his wife, Janet had their ‘dream home’ built for them, designed to be barrier free and accessible to Paul's specific needs. Shortly after moving in they started to notice problems with the original construction of their home. The list of problems quickly grew and many were serious. They hired a company to do an inspection and were made aware of mold issues in their crawl space, improper grading for drainage, roofing materials not nailed down, improper furnace and duct work installation, plumbing problems and dozens more deficiencies requiring attention. Although they worked hard to address the problems – they could not keep up with them.

To make things worse, their faith in people was shaken when, on two occasions, contractors hired to fix the major deficiencies literally ‘took the money and ran’. They took legal action, and won, but have never been paid a cent of the money awarded them by the courts. In 2000, Paul became ill and unable to work and has been on bed rest since. That loss of income, combined with the expenses incurred through ‘crooked contractors’, have left this couple unable to manage the growing list of problems and facing the sad reality of perhaps having to sell their home.

They deserve better! So in an effort to make things right, we are reaching out to you for help. A fundraising effort has been started to find genuine people, business owners, and community members, anybody that can help them through the mountain of issues they are facing. There is a link to a CBC news story about Paul and Janet, as well as a place to make donations to help their cause.

Please help make a difference!

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    Donations as of May 18: $5,679.75

    On behalf of Paul and Janet we would like to thank you for your generosity. We appreciate all donations, big or small, as every penny gets us that much closer to our goal of $75,000. To those who have not yet given, we hope you will take the opportunity to do so now. If you would prefer another method of payment (i.e., cash or cheque), please contact us and we will gladly help you do so. Thank you.

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    This is a unique opportunity to change someone's life who really needs it.


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