Teresa Kay Albertson Des Moines Register Published 6:58 PM EDT Jul 8, 2019 An Indianola mother’s cry for help was answered when a dozen volunteers showed up last weekend to help the Fetters family make some desperately needed home repairs. “It went great,” Amanda said. A neighbor’s tree fell onto their home in the 400 block of West Salem Avenue during a June 2018 storm, ripping off portions of siding to reveal bare walls beneath. Volunteers this month installed new siding on the side of the home that faces the street, but additional repairs are needed to the roof and gutters. The disrepair has drawn the attention of neighbors and the city. “The damage was mostly cosmetic,” Rich Fetters said. “But, yeah, there was a lot of damage.” The outpouring of support came after Amanda Fetters took to Facebook on June 29, revealing the family’s struggles to keep up the home while dealing with their oldest son’s health problems. Austin Fetters, 19, was diagnosed in 2016 with desmoplastic, cancerous tumors that have resulted in months of treatments and abdominal surgeries that at one point blocked 90% of his digestive tract. “It’s been horrible to watch,” Amanda Fetters said. Her husband intended to make the home repairs himself, but his job often takes him… Read full this story
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