Sale to support home renovations for Tracy teen with muscular dystrophy
by Glenn Moore
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Benefit rummage sale
Larry Bettencourt (left) and Paul Melo collect a sectional sofa set on Tuesday, July 16, that was donated for a rummage sale benefiting Patrick Medeiros, a 13-year-old with muscular dystrophy. The sale is from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church parking lot, 165 W. Eaton Ave.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Volunteers who are remodeling a house for Patrick Medeiros, a 13-year-old diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, are planning a rummage sale on Saturday, July 20.

Donated goods, including a sectional sofa, cabinets, household electronics, Christmas decorations and a set of weights, will be offered for sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the St. Bernard’s Catholic Church parking lot, 165 W. Eaton Ave.

Patrick, who was diagnosed at age 6, has used a wheelchair since he was 11.

Melo Construction is leading an effort to add a bedroom and an accessible bathroom to his family’s 50-year-old house, making it easier to navigate in his motorized wheelchair.

Paul Melo, one of the co-owners of Melo Construction, said he devised the rummage sale while looking at “a bunch of stuff” in his garage.

“I just got the word out,” Melo said. “Everybody has a little pile of something they don’t want.”

A donated storage locker at Tracy Mini Storage is filled with items for the sale. Those who wish to contribute more items can call Melo at 321-3671.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association describes Duchenne muscular dystrophy as a genetic disorder involving progressive muscular degeneration and weakness that affects the heart and respiratory system by the early teen years.

The life expectancy of those diagnosed with the disease is often in the 30s or 40s.

Patrick has become less mobile as his disease progresses, and Melo has plans to install rails to help his parents, Michael and Lorraine, lift the growing teenager from his bed and take him to the bathroom for a shower.

Some labor and supplies have been donated, but the rails could cost $5,000 to $10,000 to install.

“Funding will be an issue,” Melo said. “I want to have enough money to put in the rail system to pull him out of the bed — with his weight, it’s hard for his parents to lift him out of bed.”

Melo said remodeling work at the Medeiros home began in March and should be finished by the end of September.

Crews have poured the foundation for the bedroom, roughly framed the walls and put down plywood for the roof. Plumbing and electrical work come next.

  • Contact Glenn Moore at 830-4252 or gmoore@tracypress.com.
 
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