Habitat house honors cancer patient caregivers

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Durham News
by Flo Johnston

Habitat for Humanity of Durham kicked off its Pink Ribbon Build last week in a special project intended to allow breast-cancer survivors, families and friends to honor health care professionals who provided compassion, kindness and warmth.

Margaret Allen is the home buyer for this year’s Pink Ribbon Build. Allen, a breast-cancer survivor, soon will celebrate her one-year anniversary of being cancer-free. Living in her Habitat home with her will be her granddaughter and great-grandson. Allen says providing a sense of future and stability for her great-grandson is one of the main reasons she wants to become a Habitat homeowner.

The Pink Ribbon Build is the brainchild of Margaret Rubiera, a longtime Habitat supporter and advocate, who fought cancer herself last year. She was inspired by the support that she received from the Duke Cancer Institute and wanted to honor these caregivers.

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Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

Lal