REIG Operation Renovation: 2014 Recipient

We are so thrilled to announce the San Diego family that will be receiving an entire home renovation through REIG Operation: Renovation!

The Barton Family

The Barton Family

Meet the Barton's! Barry and Cheryl Barton are proud parents of three beautiful children, 3-year old Ethan, 5-year old Christopher, and 9-year old Matthew.

Operation Renovation was created to honor and give back to some of the men and women, past and present, who have proudly served our country. Barry Barton has served active duty military in the Navy since the summer of 2001. When the U.S. was in turmoil after the 9/11 attacks, Barry chose to sacrifice everything and fight for his country. His dedication to this country, and to his family is WHY we need to give back.

But, Barry isn't the only hero of this story. Barry and Cheryl's son, Christopher, was born with congenital Cytomegalovirus (or CMV) and suffers from a severe case. Cheryl stays home and cares for Christopher, as he requires 24-hour care and assistance.  Christopher is legally blind, deaf in both ears, and has Microcephaly and Cerebral Palsy as a result of CMV. In addition, the Barton's also just learned that their youngest, Ethan, has an enlarged heart. Recognizing the profound impact of having a child with a disability or health issues is a daunting task. Despite the curve-balls being thrown at the Barton's, they remain resilient. Cheryl and Barry possess a strength that can't be measured, which is why we are so eager to lend them our support.

We hope that a full renovation will provide the Barton's with the home that they want and need. The Barton's wish list is comprised of features that will ultimately cater to their children, and make it easier to provide them with the care they need. But, we ultimately want to make the entire home a sanctuary, and space that everyone can enjoy. On the to-do list is everything from hard flooring for easier transportation throughout the house, to a brand new master bathroom and kitchen. Stay tuned for more information about the project, and opportunities to volunteer...

Also, another BIG thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors for helping us bring this initiative to life! We could not have done it without you!