Sick Gloucester man has dying wish of moving back home

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by Philip Townsend

WVEC.com

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 23 at 6:42 PM

GLOUCESTER COUNTY – A local family is fighting to get their home rebuilt after a tornado ripped it apart.  But the family is also fighting a more important battle, one of live and death.

Ever since the April tornado destroyed Bill and Cindy Lemke’s home, they’ve been struggling to get things back to normal.

Not long before he tornado, Bill was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He’s beaten the odds, but doctors tell them he still doesn't have long to live. Getting back home is his dying wish.

"One thing I'd like to have is my home and be in my home so when the time gets ready to call me, I'll be ready to go," expressed Bill.

Insurance will only cover repairs to the house, but several contractors have told the Lemkes that the house needs to be rebuilt entirely.  It is filled with mold and doesn’t have a roof.

"Right now where we stand, we don't have enough money to rebuild the home," said Cindy.  "It started off very good. My agent here in Gloucester did all she can do, but it's out of her hands now."

The Lemkes are currently living in a temporary home but will have to find a permanent place to live by April.





 

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