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Military families giving home makeover to Clearwater Coast Guard dad whose wife has terminal cancer

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 04:44:43-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Military families are working to give a special home makeover to a Coast Guard dad whose wife is suffering from terminal cancer.

Sarah Coleman has been fighting cancer for four years. Now she’s in hospice, and her fight is close to over.

"This was kind of her wish if you will, to give her husband and daughters their own sanctuary," said Maria Reed, 2019 AFI Army Spouse of the Year and host of Moving with the Military.

Instead of a home that reminded her family of sickness, Sarah wants her husband, Bill, and their two daughters to have a home full of hope.

Coast Guard members are volunteering with the T.V. show Moving with the Military to makeover the family's home.

"We’re painting the entire house, landscaping, new furniture, and doing some special stuff for his girls in their rooms," said Jessica Manfre, 2019 AFI Coast Guard Spouse of the Year.

"To be able to give them a place where they could heal," said Reed.

Sean Groark says the coast guard is like one big family.

"There’s no way I would want to miss a chance to help him out because I can’t imagine having to go through this myself," said Groark.

Volunteers say they want the Colemans to know they are loved.

"Out of this sad story, I think there’s going to be a lot of beauty and hope," said Reed.

The home will be revealed to the family on Friday.