LEE COUNTY, Fla.-- Beth Styles' home is open to "God, sunshine and friends". In fact, a sign over her front door says just that. But for 12 days, her home was open to complete strangers who worked to make it a place where she could live again.
"The moment we turned down the drive, I just relaxed," said Styles. "It was just like,' Oh, I've made it home'."
With a hug from her granddaughter and nudge from her dog Bear, Styles began a new journey after nine months of emotional ups and downs.
"They told me I was terminal, that I would die from cancer. And I said, 'No I won't'." It was that positive attitude that got her through treatment. "Now I'm cancer free," Styles said with a smile.
But her battle didn't end there. Infection forced her to lose both legs to amputation. And while she was in rehab, her husband died of an illness. Now a surprise from strangers is giving her renewed hope.
"Her friend Debbie submitted a letter," said Heidi Taulman of Lee Builders Care.
Debbie's letter told Beth Styles' story of pain and perserverance. It quickly inspired Builders Care to step in. The group has made repairs to the homes of dozens of deserving Lee County families.
"Her home wasn't ready for her to come home from the hospital," said Taulman. "They wouldn't release her until she got some things done at the house to accommodate her new double amputation."
Volunteers with Lee Builders Care outfitted Styles' home with a roll-in shower, handicap grab bars and a completed deck-- all to make her transition to her "new normal", just a bit smoother.
"To see everybody who has done so much to help me get here is a blessing," Styles said from her kitchen.
In all, friends, family and volunteers form 16 different companies participated in the home repair project. And Beth Styles says they're all welcome to visit her updated digs.
"This has always been an open house for, like I said, God, family, sunshine and friends," said Styles. "I'm just amazingly thankful to be home."
The renovation of Styles' home marks the 87th project for Builders Care. Since 2005, its completed $1.6 million worth of emergency home repairs for deserving Lee County families.