Disabled Army veteran and granddaughter who survived brain cancer receive free home makeover

- A disabled Army veteran and his physically challenged granddaughter lost everything – and nearly their lives – last summer when a devastating fire ravaged their home in Bowie. After eight months of displacement, they finally returned home.

When local home improvement company D&A Designs heard the story of Mark and Taj Renee Ward, they decided to step in to restore their home in Extreme Home Makeover fashion.

“We wanted to bring them some joy,” D&A Designs owner Dereky Martin-Hagler said.

Mark Ward, who served the country in Vietnam and is physically disabled as a result of his war-related injuries, narrowly escaped the fire last year.

His granddaughter was away from the home at the time of the fire, receiving therapy for basic functions after having recently survived a brain tumor and brain surgery.

The electrical fire devastated the windows, doors and roof of the home, making it uninhabitable.

D&A Designs reconstructed the house with free furnishings and updated décor to welcome the Wards back home in a special ceremony Thursday.

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