Woman establishes foundation to find answers

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 06:46 PM.

Still, through it all, she stays positive.

"I'm sad, but I still try to keep a smile on my face," Britainy said. "No matter what you go through in life, you can still put a smile on your face."

Some things have improved since the News Bulletin first reported on her situation. Several residents lent a helping hand — among them, Ruth Jenkins, owner and physical therapist at Manual Therapy LLC in Crestview.

“I've been following up with Britainy and encouraging her, making sure she gets the help that she needs,” Jenkins said.

In addition, Bryant Pate no longer carries his wife up and down stairs from their previous second-floor apartment. Property managers found a ground-level apartment for the Pate family, which includes Alexandria, 2; Annastasia, 4; and Xavier, 14. Xavier is Bryant’s son from a previous relationship. The family also cares for Bryant's 87-year-old father, James.

"We have been in the new apartment for about a month now," Britainy said. "Life is now ten times easier."

Newlin Carter, her father, built a wooden ramp outside the apartment, making it easier for her get outside.



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