Construction noise filled the air Tuesday at the West Hall home of Marine Lance Cpl. Sean Adams’ parents.
A committee organizing a 5-kilometer run/walk to raise money for Adams is lending a hand in another way: building a handicapped-accessible ramp at the Trudy Circle home of Tina and Hugh Adams.
“It will be real helpful,” said his mother, of the project. “It is very hard to get him in and out of the house.”
Organizer Shasda Guier, whose group is planning the Aug. 4 run/walk at Jaemor Farms in northeast Hall, was at the house watching as a crew worked on the structure.
She said the group knows that Sean, who was injured in a Feb. 10 bomb blast in Afghanistan, will fall under the care of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
“We want to make sure that his parents are taken care of, because they are going to be his main support (when he comes home),” Guier said.
“In the beginning, they are very overwhelmed by people wanting to help, then that slowly goes away. And they’re really going to need help six months, a year down the road.”
All of the 5K proceeds will go to Adams’ parents “for different things they need further down the road,” she added.
“It was decided as a committee that we’re not going to be writing one check (and it’s over). We’re going to try to stay in contact with the family and, as things come up, we’ll try to help them financially.”
Labor and materials for the ramp were donated.
“We also will be widening the bathroom door, so that Sean’s wheelchair can get through the door,” said Guier, wearing a red T-shirt reading “Heroes don’t wear capes. They wear dog tags.”
Adams, a 2011 Chestatee High School graduate, has been receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., since the explosion, which took both his legs and nearly his life.
Now on 30-day leave, he said he is thankful for the new ramp.
“It hasn’t been that bad,” Adams said.
But he quickly added that it’s no fun “having to come outside, and wait (for) somebody to help me get down. It’s
like, ‘Oh my God, are you serious?’”
When he returns to Walter Reed next month, he’ll work on getting “more stabilized than what I am” using prosthetics that eventually will help him to walk.
How long that process will take is unknown, Adams said.
“Everybody is different. It just depends on how long it takes for a person to get their balance back,” he said.
Tim Shipskie and Brian Millbrett of Suwanee-based Brettin Solutions and Brettin Construction Services are volunteering in the construction efforts.
“We called up a bunch of our people, like our concrete guy, and said we’ve got a project for you,” Shipskie said.
“The (job inside the house) we’re going to do ourselves, but we got all the materials donated from our vendors.”
He said he believes such efforts are significant.
“It’s a shame that we don’t do more to take care of guys like (Adams), especially guys who got injured through no fault of their own,” Shipskie said.
“They’re doing everything for us, so this (is) a pretty small thank-you. ... I wish we could do more.”