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Taylor Family Groundbreaking Ceremony

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Sylvania Southview principal Dave McMurray holds Valerie Taylor's hand while she and her family, including her mother Veronica, right, listen as he speaks before a groundbreaking ceremony on the Taylor's new home in Sylvania. Southview High School rallied around Valerie, 17, to help raise $32,000 toward the more than $150,000 it will take to rebuild her home with appropriate facilities, including two bedrooms and two bathroom. Currently Valerie, her mother Veronica and her father Tom live in a one bedroom, one bathroom, 540 square foot home. With the help of Professional Remodelers Organization's annual President's Project Dance for a Chance's Project HAVEN, in an estimated five weeks, the Taylor family's home will have expanded to about 1,500 square feet. Valerie has been diagnosed with multiple conditions including Spastic Quadriplegia Cerebral Palsy.

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The Sylvania Southview marching band was on hand at the Taylor family home.

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Veronica Taylor, right, stood with her daughter Valerie, 17.

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Family and friends surround Valerie.

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Valerie has her muscles soothed by her outpatient physical therapist Michelle Lemon, while her mother Veronica and father Tom stand by her side.

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Kathy Lane, left, joined her son-in-law Tom Taylor, right, in looking at a photo slideshow of Tom's daughter Valerie.

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Students from Sylvania Southview joined community members and members of the Professional Remodelers Organization in a groundbreaking ceremony.

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Veronica Taylor, left, stood with her daughter Valerie.

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The living room of the Taylor family home is the only room that is currently able to accommodate Valerie.

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The bathroom in the Taylor family home is not wheelchair accessible.

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A photograph of Valerie from her birth.

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Kathy Lane, right, stands near the front door of her daughter and son-in-law's home.

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The single bedroom in the home of the Taylor family was nearly empty by the time Wednesday afternoon's groundbreaking ceremony took place.

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