The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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June 5, 2006

Family keeps faith despite struggles

Palestine — Sometimes in life we forget to take time to see the everyday miracles in our faith, friends and family.

For one local family, the last few months have been a testament to their faith.

Elkhart residents Mandy and Billy Beamer and their three children (Garrett, 7, Justin, 5, Cody, 3) were starting the American dream — buying their first home this February.

That dream turned into a nightmare. The older home they bought ended up having 75 percent termite damage that they were unaware of when they purchased the home.

“That very first weekend my husband fell through the back bedroom floor and tried to break his fall by catching on to the outside wall of the house, only to find the outside was not sturdy,” Mandy Beamer said.

The couple fixed the problem and went on with their lives, expecting to have to do some repairs to the home.

“A week later my husband barely bumped a door facing between our kitchen and laundry room and the whole door, wall and ceiling, started to fall. My husband and I sat down in the floor in our new dining room and cried. We had spent every last dollar we had trying to get the house ready only to find out that the damage was very extensive and going to be very expensive,” Mandy Beamer said.

According to the termite inspection company, there were no new termites, but the house was over 70 percent demolished due to previous termite damage, Beamer said.

Unfortunately, that was only the beginning of the Beamer family’s troubles.

On April 14, Billy Beamer went to his local doctor for a checkup on a lump he found. The doctor did a sonogram and said he would have to refer him to a surgeon. The next week, he went in for a biopsy. The surgeon’s office called later to tell the couple that Billy had a form of lymphoma. An appointment was set up at Palestine Cancer Center.

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