North Idaho

Former Marine builds house to help those with ALS

Former marine builds house to help...

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Thanks to the efforts of a local veteran and his loved ones, patients suffering from ALS in North Idaho will very soon have a state-of-the-art house to call home, free of charge.

It was a little over 2 years ago when former Marine Matt Wild was diagnosed with ALS. Since then, he and his family have done everything they can to help those inflicted with the disease, including the construction of the house.

Only those with a love one diagnosed with ALS can truly grasp the emotional toll of that news, but you don't need to be an accountant to wrap your head around the financial burden.

“What we found shortly after he was diagnosed is that there are foundations out there that help, but one of the biggest expenses was remodeling your home,. Ramps, bathroom remodels, and such like that,” said Theresa Whitlock-Wild.

Selflessly, the Wilds started the “Matt's Place Foundation,” and have raised well over $100,00 helping families to make such accommodations, but that wasn't enough. Later this year, “Matt's Place,” will open their first house, a state-of-the-art home designed to allow a patient to live comfortably, with dignity, for free.

“We've designed the house around mid to late stage in the disease,” said Matt Wild. “It'll have ceiling lift in it to help with safe transferring, and all the environmental controls, do we do look at the turnover so it'll go from one family to the next and serve the community for a long time.”

The house will be complete with eye controlled air conditioning and heating, televisions, and windows.

Through partnerships with the NIBCA Past Presidents Committee, the Idaho Independent bank, and countless local businesses, the home, which should cost around a quarter of a million dollars, will only cost the foundation $50,000. Generosity inspired by the selfless efforts of the Wilds.

“This entire community has helped build this house at little to no cost to us,” said Theresa. “Without everyone's support and the community's support, this never would've happened.

For more information on how you can donate to Matt's Place, click here.

Matt's Place has a golf tournament coming up at Highlands Golf Course in Post Falls.

The Wilds first pitched the idea in February, and the first family is expected to move in this September.