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Shed being converted into home for Granbury man with cancer

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A Granbury man is facing a double whammy -- he has terminal cancer and his home is in foreclosure.

The community is coming together to make sure his wife and daughter are taken care of.

Shadow Gartman remembers getting the phone call last December.

“The phone rang, and I could tell whatever it was wasn't good news,” said Shadow.

“Well, the doctor told me, he said, ‘Amy, it showed up that he does have a brain tumor and he has a very large tumor, 11.7 centimeters, tumor in his lung,” said Shadow’s wife, Amy.

The couple had been working as a long-haul trucking team. They had to quit.

The medical bills began building.

The Gartmans soon got notice the bank was foreclosing on their Granbury home. They and the pack of dogs they've rescued might be homeless if it weren’t for a shed they purchased last summer.

They’d been planning on slowly turning it into a home. Now, that project is on fast forward.

“It doesn't look like a lot now, but when it's done, it's gonna be very livable and nice,” said Ed Churchman.

A month ago, Brad Smith and Ed Churchman were strangers. They heard about the Gartmans’ situation on a Hood County buy, sell and trade site.

The effort has grown, with vendors contributing labor and materials.

“Every company, every person that’s donated has something that, in their life, that they can relate to what’s going on for them,” said Smith. “And so we said, ‘You know what? Let’s do it.’”

Shadow’s lung cancer was stage four when he was diagnosed.

He’s not sure how much time he has left.

“My hope is to actually have a home for us and a comfortable place for my husband to pass away if that time should come and that he shouldn't have to worry about us anymore,” said Amy.

Construction is scheduled to start later this month.

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