When Michael Wright’s leg was amputated when he got cancer, his neighbors, Micki and Billy Shreve, lent him their home.
Wright, a 40-year-old software consultant from Kansas City, had broken his right leg merely by walking across the street. He knew that wasn’t normal, so he went to his doctor to find out what was going on besides the broken bone.
Medical tests showed that the bone had been weakened by osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, causing it to break. He had multiple tumors in his leg and it would have to come off.
He was devastated by the news. First, he was losing his leg and fighting cancer, and second, he lived in a two story home and wasn’t sure how he would get around with just one leg. He and his family would have to move. They decided that they would have to build a special house that could accommodate Wright’s handicap, but it would take several weeks to complete and they didn’t know for sure how they would cope until it was built.
However, his neighbors had a plan. They lived in a one story home only a few doors down from Wright. They volunteered to trade houses with him until his new custom home was built. They also helped him list the house for sale, and it sold within a few weeks.
When the new house was done, tis neighbors helped the family move in. True neighbors helping each other out is rare, but Wright’s neighbors fit the bill in spades.