Published: Dec 11, 2010 12:35 AM EST
Updated: Dec 10, 2010 9:28 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - 4 days of work for years of relief. A Fort Myers couple got an early Christmas wish, thanks to some generous builders.

For most people, a shower takes just a few of minutes. But for Allen Tiller of Fort Myers, the whole process can take hours.

"It was getting harder and harder for me to get out of the tub, she had to help me all the time," Allen said.
He and his wife Carole both live with disabilities, Allen suffering from worsening Multiple Sclerosis.

"Just the labor of getting in and out would wear him out and he would have to rest for like 45 minutes, so if you were going to the doctor at 10, you'd have to start your shower at 8, because it's like a 2-hour process," Carole said.

Just in time for Christmas, Builders Care, the nonprofit charitable arm of the Lee Building Industry Association, delivered an extra-special gift: freedom.

"The goal was to get him a walk-in shower, to remove the tub, to get hand bars, grab bars for him to stand up, to hold himself up in the shower himself," Project Manager Dennis Cowan said.

The transformation began Tuesday, the project worth $10,000.

"It's just something that's in you," Cown said. "You just come in and do it, the hours, they don't count, you just keep working 'til i'ts done."

By Friday afternoon, builders had just a few more tiles to lay.

"It's like a brand new bathroom, it looks like twice the size which is really great," Allen said.

This marks the organization's 18th project of the year and another wish granted for a deserving couple.

"It's a Godsend," Carole said.

The objective of Builders Care is to provide emergency repairs and construction services to elderly, disabled and economically disadvantaged people throughout Lee county who can't get the repairs for themselves.