After: Renovations of Blount County teen Jonathan’s bedroom, featuring not only the video game theme, but automated blinds and LEED lighting, as well as a ceiling track to help Jonathan in and out of bed.

March 1-3, BarberMcMurry donated services, funds and employee volunteers to support a Blount County teen whose life was changed following a brain aneurysm and stroke.

Jonathan was 11 when a brain aneurysm ruptured and resulted in a stroke, which caused a loss of all motor skills except for eye movement. While he has regained some ability to speak and can make small movements in his arms and legs, Jonathan has been diagnosed with “locked-in syndrome” and needs a more accessible bedroom.

BarberMcMurry and Blount County realtor Jackie Mills partnered with Kingdom Design Ministries‘ Triple Dog Challenge to renovate Jonathan’s bedroom to be fully accessible for his motorized wheelchair and to upgrade the décor of the room to reflect his love of video games, which he can play with the help of an eye gaze computer and his older brother, Timmy.

BMA donated professional interior design services to the effort, and 11 BarberMcMurry employees volunteered their time.

In partnership with Mills, the team raised more than $5,000 toward supplies and materials needed for the renovation. Additionally, more than 25 furniture, paint and technology vendors and suppliers donated materials or labor to the effort, and many of those companies had employees volunteering during renovation weekend.