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Community rallying to repair disabled woman's damaged home

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UPDATE : The tree has been removed from the house, and a tarp has been placed on the roof.  However, there is still structural damage to repair, along with interior work.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Wysong Tree Service, or follow the GoFundMe link here.

Original story from December 1:

The tree crushing Pamela Cambell's house hasn't been touched since it fell about two weeks ago, and the rain across the Tennessee Valley the past few days has only made matters worse

"The rafters up here are going to have to be replaced for sure, and the roof's going to have to be replaced," said Daniel Wysong of Wysong Tree Service.

When Daniel Wysong answered a call for service he knew right away he wanted to help remove the tree from Pamela Cambell's home.
He was told Cambell has a disability, lives here alone and is on a fixed income.

"I thought you know she might not have the money to do it, but it needs to be done one way or another," Wysong said, "And I felt like I had a moral obligation to at least come out and try my best."

Wysong created this Go Fund Me page before even meeting Cambell to help her with repairs.
When Cambell was Wysong and others in her community were stepping up to help, she was overwhelmed with gratitude.

"That's my home and I'm a fighter, my momma taught me to be a fighter and I'm not going to give up," Cambell said.

Cambell suffers from a mental disability, and her Power of Attorney explains she doesn't fully understand the extent of the damage and just wants to move back home.

"She's hopeful. She grew up here, her parents lived here with her, and she wants to come back," June Edmondson said, Power of Attorney.

Cambell, who is 56-years-old, was asleep inside when the tree fell through her bedroom ceiling. She wasn't hurt, but she was scared.

"It could be worse right ma'am?" Cambell said.

It's going to take a lot of work, and a lot of support, to take care of the damages to Cambell's home.

"She needs good, stable, honest support in this," Edmondson said.   

With no homeowner's insurance, the cost of repairs could reach tens of thousands of dollars.

But that's not going to stop Wysong from trying.

"We went ahead and scheduled the crane, we went ahead and put it on for Monday and said you know, all or nothing," Wysong said.

If you want to learn more about the damages and necessary repairs to Cambell's home, click here.

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