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Habit home recipient shares story

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CLEVELAND, TN. (WRCB) -- A Cleveland woman will soon become a first time homeowner and it's all thanks to the community. Through its Bike to Build program, the local Habitat for Humanity is building a custom house for Mary Gibson and her special needs son.

"My kids are my world, my son is everything," says Mary Gibson, the soon to be first time homeowner.

Gibson spent more than a decade jumping from mobile homes, apartments and staying with loved ones. None of it was suitable for her son with Cerebral Palsy.

"God gave me Justin for a reason, and I feel truly blessed to have Justin," says Gibson.

Now thanks to Cleveland Habitat for Humanity and its Bike to Build program, Mary will not only be a first time homeowner, but Justin will finally have a house that suits his needs.

"This way I know that he will be safe and he will have a stable home."

Mary joined volunteers Friday as she has almost every other day since the ground breaking. They're putting the finishing touches on the walls.

"If it wasn't for Habitat for Humanity we wouldn't have a home. I think I speak for all the families, they truly are a god send," says Mary.

Mary's home is one of 27 that will be built in Cleveland's Victory Cove, but hers is special because all of the proceeds from the April 20th Bike to Build race will go to her home.

"It's a bike ride of 100k, 50k and 20k. Riders on all levels are welcome to come out," says Habitat for Humanity's Annie Kinworthy.

To help draw more riders Saul Raisin better known for his Raisin Hope campaign will be a guest rider.

The money raised will help put the finishing touches on Mary's home before the keys are handed over in late June.

"Homeowner, June 27th," says Mary, with an ear-to-ear smile.

To register for the race or just donate, click here

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