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Donations will make homecoming a reality for injured Delmar man

Lisa DeStaso-Jones doesn't have unreasonable desires. She just wants her husband to come home.

But just a few months ago, that seemed like a scant possibility. In February, Michael Jones suffered a debilitating spinal injury while playing rugby that has left the Delmar man paralyzed. Besides costly medical bills, his young family has had to contend with the fact it would cost a small fortune to overhaul their home to meet his needs.

Michael had one request: 'I want to come home.' Not to Delmar, to our home said DeStaso-Jones.

Jones is nearly there. Having made advances far beyond what doctors originally said was possible, he's now living at a Delmar nursing home just miles from the family's 1920s bungalow. But the more than $150,000 price tag of the addition that that house needs was beyond what even a second mortgage could cover.

But there is hope in sight for the Jones family. Work is already underway on an addition to their home that will include all the elements Michael needs, made possible by the generosity of local businesses.

Heading up the project is Keystone Builders of Delmar. When owner Steve Bolduc heard of plans to build the addition, he didn't hesitate to extend the services of his company gratis.

"It's just something I felt compelled to do," Bolduc said. "This community has been good to me...and it's nice to be able to give back a little bit here."

Katrina Bolen, neighbor to the Jones family, began trying to put together an effort to build the addition after estimates for the structure came back. It didn't take long for her to find companies willing to donate supplies and labor at-cost or for free.

"It was very quick," she said of the response. "Some people were on board with just a phone call."

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