After her roof collapsed, one grandmother earned support from a very unlikely group.
53-year-old Sylvia Ward and her 9-year-old granddaughter Carla live together in a home that has recently become unsafe. Six months ago, their ceiling collapsed due to undiscovered roof damage.
“I had to kind of dig [my granddaughter] out from underneath the Sheetrock and the insulation and water pouring on her,” Ward said to KOB4. “She didn’t even know, she slept right through it.”
The damage was left mostly untouched due to Ward’s confinement to a wheelchair. She suffers from Buerger’s Disease, which affects the arteries and veins in the arms and leg. Both of Ward’s legs and some of her fingers have been amputated from the illness.
“I have to call people to come help me and that is not who I am,” Ward explained. In her younger years, Ward was an active member of the biker community.
When Doug Anaya, President of the Hellfighters Soul Snatchers Club, heard Ward’s story, he knew he had to help. The biker club offered their services to help repair the damage, while a local roofing company donated a free roof for their home.
“Everybody just stepped up and said, ‘let’s just go ahead and take care of it,’” Ward said appreciatively. Anaya and the rest of the Hellfighters Soul Snatchers Club feel lucky to be able to give back to someone in need. “We are happy we can help,” Anaya said.