Local High School Basketball Team Helps Terminally Ill Man Who Lost Home

WALKER COUNTY, GA (WDEF) – “Family on three. One, two, three… Family!”

The Notre Dame High School varsity basketball team led by Coach Jonathan Adams lent a hand to a Walker County man with stage 4 liver cancer. The man is Tim Turner and he is homeless after his home nearly burned to the ground.

“Hey, you may have to break that down.” Turner was resting after his first day of radiation treatment when he woke up to a fire engulfing his home off Happy Valley Road. Now, a community is rallying around him.

“I’m overwhelmed. I’m just happy. Because this is rough right here,” says Iona Walker who is Turner’s Sister.

The Chattanooga Valley Church of the Nazarene is hosting a yard sale Saturday to benefit the Turner family from 9 to 3 as well as hosting an online fundraiser at cvnaz.com. But the family says the thing they need most is simply manpower to repair the 90 year old home. And it’s coming from unlikely places.

Dumpsters were donated by K and K Waste Disposal and elbow grease by the basketball team.

“I feel blessed to even have this opportunity to help people. I’m at a great place, a great community to where we allow service hours for students to be able to help those in need. I’m really proud of my teammates here. We can all do something for someone in need,” says Notre Dame student Connor McNamara.

“It feels good. We got a nice scenery around here. Got my teammates with me. It feels good to help someone in need because you never know what someone is going through in life,” says Notre Dame student D.J. Brown.

The students filled the dumpster up in an hour. K and K Waste said they will donate another one and Coach Adams promises to bring the boys back next week.

“It just shows the heart that these kids have. He’s going through a lot and we think we have bad days and all of the sudden you see this story and it’s just amazing to be able to help him,” says Adams.

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