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The Webster community is coming together to help a young family whose daughter is living with a rare genetic disease.

The Coe's have a 2-year-old daughter named Charlotte who started getting sick when she was around 6 months old.

"We found out that she has a rare genetic disease called Nephropathic cystinosis," father Mike Coe said.

Charlotte needs daily doses of medicine and supplements as well as frequent trips to Boston for tests. Her mom, Megan, left work to be a 24-hour caregiver.

She said the experience has been life changing, "It's very challenging but it's our new normal."

The Coe's have several home repairs they need done, especially now that they're expecting their second baby any day now. But those repairs seemed out of reach on one income.

A friend of the Coe family, Amanda McKim, stepped in to connect them with a contractor. And all the work that needs to be done won't cost them a thing. The local community is raising money to pay for all of it.

She said, "I can't imagine what they have to go through and they shouldn't have to go through it alone or feel like they're alone."

McKim reached out to Chuck Wood of Colonial Builders for help.

"When I met them I was just blown away at how generous they were and nice and good," Wood said. "Then I met Charlotte and had to do something."

Chuck inspected the property to see what needs to be done. At the end he handed the family an estimate for $0.

Megan and Mike said they were left overwhelmed and speechless by the gesture.

Chuck and several other contractors will donate their time and labor.

To cover the cost of materials, Amanda started a gofundme page called Charlotte's Village. Dozens of donations are already coming in but more is needed.

"The community has really rallied behind us and behind Charlotte and been very supportive," Mike said. "It gives us a lot of hope for her future."

The Coe's, including their soon to be newborn son, will be put up in a cabin starting Sept. 4 while all the work is being done on their home.

 

Author: Siobhan Lopez
Source: WMUR
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