Noah Lamaide of Wisconsin is only 12 years old. He overheard a conversation between his parents and his beloved Grandma.
Grandma was going to lose her Steven’s Point, Wisconsin home to foreclosure.
Janice Sparhawk (“Grandma”) lives in a 100-year old home. She took out a home equity loan in 2010 to put a new roof on the house. Not long after, she had to have eye surgery. Following the eye surgery she had complications from asthma and she was forced out of work. Mind you, she’s 72 years old.
Grandma fell behind on the mortgage payments. The bank was closing in. Her home would be lost forever if she didn’t come up with $10,000. in 30 days.
Her wonderful old home had been in the family for three generations and was slated for auction Feb. 15, 2012. During her lifetime, Grandma fostered hundreds of children in the community who wouldn’t have had a safe place to stay in the middle of the night. She fostered them right here, in the home she was about to lose.
Noah was 9 when his mother challenged him to do one good thing for the community each year. Noah met that challenge and raised money for food banks. One year he sent a family friend who had cancer on a vacation. He set up a website to promote his various charity projects.
When he overheard the conversation his own beloved Grandma was going to lose her home, he refocused the website to help her. He first sat down with his parents and Grandma to set up some ground rules. The adults didn’t want to seem like they were exploiting a child. Grandma was embarrassed and in the end, gently told Noah not to worry if people don’t come forward.
On his Noah’s Dream Catcher Network, Noah wrote: “I would like to help my 72 yr old Grandma save her home. She has been ill and fallen on hard times. Her house will be forclosed on at an auction on Feb 15th. If I have 400 friends give $25.00 I can give her home back for Valentines Day.”
Noah’s story circulated and through his story on the website, he raised $10,500 and saved Grandma’s home. His dream now is for others to follow suit and help in their community.
Keith A. Gantenbein, Jr. is a Colorado foreclosure defense attorney located in Denver and servicing all of Colorado. He also handles bankruptcies, mortgage negotiations, lender liability, real estate, civil litigation, contracts and landlord/tenant. If you think you will be facing foreclosure, or are in the foreclosure process, or have had a wrongful foreclosure, contact Keith Gantenbein at (303) 618-2122 for a one-hour consultation where he will discuss your situation and go over all your options with you.