Community Comes Together to Build Home for Sick Child

DONIPHAN, MO -- 12-year-old Tiffani Murray was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  After having massive doses of radiation and chemotherapy, Tiffani had a bone marrow transplant.  Finally in remission, Tiffani suffered another blow.  This time she was hit with congestive heart failure and now can't speak or control her movements.

Tiffani is confined to a wheel chair.  She and her family live in a house trailer in Doniphan, Missouri and there is not enough space to move around with the wheel chair.  Because of the need of this family, some people in Doniphan decided to get together to make a difference.

A house is being built in the heart of the city that will be designed around Tiffani's needs.

"The house is a godsend.  They told us not to do anything here at the old house because she's getting a house," said Tiffani's Aunt Cathy Neel.

Instead of making over their home, The Ministerial Alliance of Ripley County decided to build a new home for the Murray family.

"I really don't have the words to describe how this makes us all feel," said Tiffani's sister Katelyn Murray.

Murray said her sister is very outgoing and loved by everyone.  The proof of that love is shown in each nail, board, and swing of the hammer that is being donated for the house.

"Tiffani didn't even know this was going to happen.  The community, they didn't just throw together money they've thrown together love and support for our family," said Murray.

"It's not just a church thing, it's a community thing," said Pastor Ben Jordan.

The land was donated in June and the construction started a couple of weeks ago.

"Thing have already been given to us in just a few weeks we've already come far," said Jordan.

Now they are working to see if they can give the home to the family without leaving them with a huge financial burden on top of Tiffani's medical bills.

"The last thing we want to do is our gift become a burden for her," said Jordan.

Even with all they've been through this family stays strong and thankful for all they've been given.

"Sometimes it's hard for us to just receive and I think Tiffani would do all she could to help someone else," said Murray.

For more information on how you can help Tiffani, contact Brandi Hodges.

You can send donations to:

Doniphan Ministerial Alliance

In Care of Tiffani Murray Miracle Makeover

P.O. Box 202

Doniphan, Missouri 63935