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6/9/10

Local church saves elderly man's life with a fan

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A local church is helping the elderly and disabled beat the heat this summer by giving out fans and AC window units to low income families without air conditioning.

Experience Life Church has already installed about 10 window units and given out more than a dozen box fans, saving many lives.

Sixty-nine-years-old, L.C. Lee is an Air Force Veteran and First Light Baptist minister, but six months ago he had to have double by-pass heart surgery. "Still have a ways to go, not out of the woods yet," said Lee.

Doctors told him it would take more than a year to recover, but with no air conditioning and temperatures reaching triple digits… it wasn't looking good. "That heat draws all the energy out of you anyway and that surgery took a whole lot of my energy," he said, "You're inside and there's no air, so you go outside but it's even hotter out there so you just have to live with it."

Less than a week ago Lee was surviving with a single fan to cool him off during the hot days. "I don't know how I was going to make it in this heat with no air," said Lee. That's when Experience Life Church decided Lee would be a candidate to receive an AC unit and fan they collected through their recent fan drive.

"They put it in last Saturday and it was 106 degrees. I can just imagine for the next few months it's going to be real hot, unbearable if you don't have air. They told me I just wasn't going to survive," he said.

Doing oxygen treatments twice a day, Lee said he can already feel a difference. "When you got air it makes a big difference. You can breathe much better and you're not short of breath," he said.

Lee hopes more seniors and disabled families will seek help from organizations and churches like Experience Life. He says they saved his life. "I'm very thankful and I'm very blessed that this did happen because I don't know how I would have made it," he said.

If you would like to help, Experience Life will hold another fan drive this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Lowe's Home Improvement parking lot off of Frankford.

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