Volunteers almost finished remodeling home of Navy commander left paralyzed after motorcycle crash

Healing Our Heroes Homes stepped in to help

SANTEE, Calif. - A special anniversary is coming up for Navy Cmdr. Brian Delaney, but it is not one he ever wanted.

"On Oct. 30, 2012, I was paralyzed after I crashed my motorcycle," he said.

In the year since, Delaney, while still on active duty, is no longer the commanding officer of a Navy warship. He is now in a motorized wheelchair but even so, he said he is counting his blessings.

"I cannot believe they came in and did this," he said.

Embrace Healing Our Heroes Homes came in and remodeled Delaney's home, creating a new entryway, a level floor and a whole new kitchen designed to be functional to those in a chair.  

"The sink has been lowered, the oven too, microwave, and I can reach the cabinets which now pull down," he said.

The work is done by volunteer craftsmen as well as volunteer laborers from San Diego State University and the Navy. Delaney, who had to live in a hotel while the construction was underway, plans to move back in on the anniversary of the crash.

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