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Volunteers Remodel Home for Woman Injured in Car Crash

Community rallies to make family's home accessible



    A Frisco family's home is getting an extreme remodeling -- mostly at the hands of strangers.

    Local contractors are donating time and materials to make the house more accessible for a 22-year-old who uses a wheelchair after she was injured in a car crash last month.

    Emily Borst is undergoing rehabilitation therapy in Dallas after she sustained severe spinal cord injuries in a car crash on Super Bowl Sunday.

    "I'm not sure I'll be able to walk again, but I have hopes that I will," said Emily Borst.

    Frisco Home Remodeled for Woman in Wheelchair

    [DFW] Frisco Home Remodeled for Woman in Wheelchair
    Emily Borst is adjusting to life in a wheelchair after a one-car accident on Super Bowl Sunday, and her Frisco community is helping her mother get her home ready for her return from rehab.
    (Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012)

    Jo Ann Borst, her mother, said her family is "going through a lot" and is grateful for the help.

    "People I don't even know have stepped up and volunteered their time and their efforts," she said.

    Her daughter's accident occurred about six weeks after the sudden death of her husband just before Christmas.

    The family's Allstate insurance agent, Jeff Baird, said he began talking with friends and colleagues about Emily Borst's need for a more accessible environment when she returned from rehab. He said it didn't take long to find a contractor, electrician, plumber and others to donate time and materials.

    "She needs to focus on getting better," he said. "She doesn't need to focus on getting around the house. We're going to make this easier on her."

    The Borsts said they are grateful for such strong community support.

    On Wednesday, a team began taking down walls and opening up the hallways in the Borst home.

    They're widening pathways to accommodate Emily's wheelchair and planning to add an accessible shower to her bathroom.

    "She'll have full access with nothing to impair her ability to move around," said Mike Lohmann, of Lohmann Construction Inc.

    Emily Borst plans to return home by the first week in April.