Garner church ramps up a welcome

kjahner@newsobserver.comApril 11, 2014 

— Michael Marones has moved to be close to family in Garner, and a group of local church members including some youth threw him a helping hand by building a wheelchair ramp at his new home.

Marones – who severely injured himself through oxygen deprivation in an apparent suicide attempt after alleged bullying in January – moved with his mother and step-father to Garner, where he has extended family.

His grandmother Patricia Suttle said he left inpatient rehab care Tuesday but is staying with her because the new house isn’t ready. Volunteers from her church had the ramp started and finished Saturday.

“Our church is very mission focused anyway. Especially our youth,” said Suttle, a Garner resident. “When we knew we needed a ramp, we just put the word out.”

A group of about six people, including Michael’s brother Angel, were in front of the house off Claymore Drive last Saturday, sinking posts and leveling ties so the planks for the ramps could be installed for Marones.

Marones still needs round-the-clock care and continues to undergo therapy, Suttle said.

“It’s just a good way to help him,” said Jamie Hagwood, a member of the youth group Marones joined last summer. “He’s really fun, and I can’t wait to see him here in Garner.”


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