The Maino Project: Helping An Injured Marine
Photo: Video by nbc26.com
CREATED May. 16, 2013
About a month ago we brought you the story of a local marine, severely injured in a motorcycle accident who is waiting in a rehab facility for his house to be updated and made handicapped accessible. The call went out for volunteers, they answered and here's an update.
This is how it began tearing down walls and ripping out plaster….this is how it ended with a fully equipted handicapped accessible bathroom. And that is just the beginning. Because now work has begun on everyman's dream: a garage with a mandatory man cave.
Nancy Sibley: "The bathroom is gorgeous and I'm really excited that he's going to be able to take care of his stuff in there. But all he cares about is his man thing out here, that's all he ever asks about, really it's just been fantastic."
The workers are all volunteers, some friends of Ian from his high school days, others just everyday handymen who answered the call to help out a young man who devoted 14 years of his life to the Marines and now more than ever can use a helping hand.
Nancy: I always want to thank all the people who show up and I also want to thank their significant others, their spouses and their families, everybody that came out today could be doing something else, their wives probably have chores for them, but they are instead out here. Not only is the work going great but the people are just wonderful.
Two of the workers, a father and son team.
Tony Grimaldo, Volunteer Worker : "It's the least I can do for our nations veterans, no matter what the injury or where it came from, whether its Afghanistan, Iraq, Persian Gulf or whatever; they just need our assistance and also I'm just hoping it rubs off on my son and show that you have to take care of your fellow person, your fellow man."
Currently Ian is still in a rehab facility in Minnesota, working on getting stronger, which will green light his return home. A home which will look a little different from the one he left.
Nancy: When you're in the hospital it's like 99 percent care and one percent life, and when he gets home he will have 95 percent life and only five percent care. I just know he will do so well and everybody who came out that doesn't even know him, I just can't thank them enough.
That homecoming is going to be something special.