‘People just keep helping’ Vail Valley builder
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-Coleman Wise looked on as his Vail Valley friends and colleagues poured new concrete to replace his deteriorating driveway Tuesday ” the gesture is unreal, he said.
Wise, a project manager with Vail Valley developer R. A. Nelson, was diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma and has been going through chemotherapy treatments. Medical bills have taken over, so Wise and his wife, Maxine, said fixing the driveway was no longer a top priority.
Wise asked his friend and colleague Paul Burbidge to come take a look at the driveway to see if there was some kind of temporary, inexpensive fix that could buy the family a couple more years ” Coleman Wise’s son and mother-in-law had both fallen while walking on it, so he was worried about the driveway’s safety.
“When I came out and looked at it, there really was no way to fix it,” Burbidge said.
Burbidge thought he could get a crew together to donate time and materials to pull out the old driveway and build a new one. With everyone helping out it doesn’t take that much, he said.
To the Wise family, though, the support means everything.
“We’re so grateful,” Maxine Wise said. “It was so expensive to replace ” it must have been about $11,000 to $12,000.”
The expense would have been too much for the Wises right now, she said. They said they can’t thank everyone enough.
“It’s just really amazing,” Coleman Wise said. “I can’t think of a better place to live or a better company or people to work with ” it’s humbling in ways.”
Burbidge said he’s just happy they could do something useful for the family.
“You want to help in any way you can,” he said.
Coleman Wise is heading to Denver for a bone marrow transplant June 15. He’s happy he has one less thing to worry about while he’s there.
“It’s just unreal; It’s kind of beyond comprehension,” he said. “You don’t expect it, and people just keep helping.”
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