CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A small San Diego non-profit organization that offers free home remodels is looking for more community support. In this Zevely Zone, this is part two of my two-part series on Rebuilding Together San Diego.
Nine years ago, Tom Lukasiewitz a longtime Chula Vista contractor, was perplexed by what was happening to his body. “All of a sudden I just started feeling weaker, things just didn’t add up and all of a sudden I just was falling out of the blue, my leg would give, and I’d say what’s going on?” said Tom who is 51 years old.
Neurologists diagnosed Tom with a rare disease called Inclusion Body Myositis. “All of my muscles deteriorated. I got weaker and weaker and weaker. I went from walking with a cane, to a walker, and now permanently into a wheelchair,” said Tom.
As a contractor, Tom was always willing to help a neighbor which is why Rebuilding Together San Diego rolled up their sleeves on his birthday. “Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you,” sang a group of volunteers at his home.
“You can’t not love this guy, he is so positive,” said project manager Deanne Hutchison from Rebuilding Together San Diego. As if Tom had not gone through enough, Deanne told us his home also caught on fire. “The community came together like nobody’s business and Tom’s life has been completely turned around,” said Deanne.
Walls had to be fixed, but why stop there? Volunteers painted his house, poured a new patio, put on a new roof and relandscaped too.
Eric McCormick and Sigel Candia from DPR Contruction were just two of the magic makers. “This guy