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Former Matador family featured on HGTV

By: Marilynn Hicks

We are so encouraged when we hear of the kindness all around us.  It was especially brought home last week when former resident Jody Copp and his wife Melissa along with their children, Calan(9) and Lawson(5) were blessed, and we got to watch on live television. Thanks to the generosity and caring spirit of Chip and Joanna Gaines, their Magnolia Market Foundation, their show “Fixer Upper,” the Tim Tebow Foundation, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the American Residential Services, the family received a complete update of their home and yard, making it handicap accessible.

In addition, Chip posted an update on the Foundation website right after the first airing, and as a result, generous donations given by the public paid off the mortgage on the home.  Any funds raised after the paying of the mortgage will be given to other families in need of home improvements for wheelchair accessibility.

Jody is the son of former school Superintendent Rick Copp and his wife Lana who now reside in Gainesville. Jody is a buyer for the City of Waco and Melissa works at the Federal Court House.

Calan and Lawson have a rare degenerative condition which has no cure at this time; they are both in wheel chairs for mobility.   The family does not get any type of medical assistance or Medicaid and have to fight for what insurance coverage they are allowed.  As far as they know, they are the only two with this condition at this time, and they are only now getting some extensive testing done.  This doesn’t seem to have deterred their spirit, nor that of their family.

Calan loves dogs, cooking and games, and Lawson loves reading, singing and Ninja Turtles.   They both love dancing, Legos, racing and wrestling with their Dad.  When I communicated with their grandmother, Lana Copp, she said that “they have changed our world for the better!”

The episode featuring this amazing family will be replayed February 7th at 2:00 p.m., and February 10th at 10:00 a.m. on HGTV.

I have to share this picture of last Halloween with the parents and grandparents dressed as pirates and story book characters,
and the boys in their “ships” all ready to do some trick or treating.

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