WAUSAU (WAOW)--The Teeters family has moved into their custom home. It was built to accommodate the special needs of their children, Zak and Callie.
"This is exciting, amazing. We are just thrilled," Annie Teeters said of finally being able to move in to the family's new space. Her husband agreed. "We are truly blessed and every night we count our blessings."
The Teeters' two children, Zak and Callie, were born with a rare chromosome abnormality that left them severely disabled. "Zak and Callie are the only two known in the world to have the genetic disorder that they have and the doctors don't know what to expect. You know, every day is a different day," said Chris Teeters.
Although Annie and Chris said raising the two can be challenging, a supportive group of friends and family keep them going. "We have such a family and friend connection around us, so it has been able to make raising children with special needs pretty typical for us," said Annie.
And all that support resulted in a brand new home, built especially to meet the children's needs. Donations helped pay for construction and some amenities. Now that it's done, the Teeters will pay the mortgage.
The home features floors made of cork that provide a softer landing for Zak when he crawls. A custom track system holds lifts that make it easier for Zak and Callie to move and play. Also included in the design, an air purifier that Chris said is making a difference.
"The kids' overall health is already improving," he said.
A community room was also built into the home to provide a place for other families that have children with special needs to learn and explore. Annie said plans are in place to create focus and support groups. She hopes to be up and running by March.
"We're just very fortunate. It's just to have all these people come together and support us and what the community is really lacking," she said.
Friends who attended Thursday's ribbon cutting and open house said seeing the family thrive in their new home is the greatest gift. "I need to take a deep breath. It's so overwhelming. It's amazing. If you just believe enough, people will come together to make this happen," said Dana Tehako-Esser, founder of Noah's Never Ending Rainbow. The non-profit has been working with the Teeters to raise money for the home.
River Valley Bank first approached the Teeters with the idea to help build a custom home. the family and their network of support are still raising funds. For more information on how you can help, follow this link: http://www.teeters-family.blogspot.com/