Volunteers granting Coast Guard spouse's final wish

Julia LeDoux
July 25, 2019 - 12:55 pm
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Coast Guard spouse Sarah Coleman’s final wish for her family is coming true.

The home she shares with her husband, Bill and their two daughters in Clearwater, Fla. is getting an extreme makeover thanks to their military family.

“It’s been hard to hold back the tears,” said 2019 Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year and host of Moving with the Military Maria Reed.

Sarah has been battling cancer for four years and is currently under hospice care. She wants to leave her family a home that is full of hope, said Reed.

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“We are changing this family’s life,” said Jessica Manfre, 2019 AFI Coast Guard Spouse of the Year. “This is a place where they can heal.”

Moving with the Military is a home improvement and lifestyle series dedicated to helping military families ​turn a house into a home. When Reed and Manfre learned of Sarah's story, they sprung into action to fulfill her final wish.

“They are an incredible family,” said Manfre. “It’s almost overwhelming to watch the community come together.”  

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Numerous businesses and organizations stepped up to provide money and materials for the project, Reed and Manfre said. Work began on the project on Monday.

“The Coast Guard has stepped up,” added Reed. “Volunteers are coming from all over.”

Thanks to the efforts of a cadre of volunteers, the Coleman home has been painted, gotten new windows, flooring and landscaping, new furniture and an organized garage. There are also a few surprises for the girls when the big reveal happens Friday.

“I think this will be the sanctuary Sara wanted to give Bill and their daughters,” said Manfre.

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