Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old psychology student from Snellville, Ga. woman, gained national attention when stricken by “flesh-eating” bacteria (necrotizing fasciitis) after a zip line fall in May 2012. Doctors were forced to amputate one of her legs, a foot and most of both hands to halt the advance of the bacteria. This disease has several types, but essentially the bacteria release toxins that destroy skin and muscle.
Pulte Homes organized the effort to build a wing onto the family home to aid Aimee in her rehabilitation. Renovations to the Copeland’s home began in July, and in less than a month, with the help of Pulte Homes, Home Depot and 200 volunteers, the renovation was done. Pulte Homes presented Aimee’s father with the key to the new wing on August 15.
A landscaped outdoor living space was also part of the renovation, thanks to
Phoenix Landscape Group of Duluth, Ga., who donated their services.
“It’s humbling to be part of this,” said Billy Patterson, Belgard vice president of sales, who was in Snellville when Pulte Homes gave the family the keys to the new wing. “Your heart goes out to Aimee and her family. To see their appreciation, graciousness and determination is really an inspiration and … an example for all of us to conquer any challenge we face.”