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Chris Fabry
Married to Andrea since 1982. We have 9 children together and none apart. Our dog's name is Tebow.
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After finding and remediating mold twice in our Colorado home, we abandoned ship in October 2008. Because of the high levels of exposure, our entire family was affected. After months of seeing different specialists for all of the problems, we came to Arizona to begin comprehensive treatment to rid our bodies of the toxic buildup. In August 2009 we moved into a larger home, four bedrooms, south of Tucson, north of Mexico. I am doing my daily radio program/ writing from that location. Thanks for praying for us. We really feel it.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thanks for caring enough to read this blog. Last Saturday, as I was coming back from Tricia Boyle McMillan's wedding, Andrea called and said, "We have to get out of the house." Eight little words that changed our lives.

On Sunday morning we talked with a toxicologist who urged us not to re-enter the house, which we've owned for 8 years. I won't go into all the details, but it is infested with black mold or stachybotrus. (I'm not sure of the spelling and at the moment I don't care how you spell it.) So we left with the clothes on our backs and have not returned. I still work out of a room next to the house but it is not attached with vents.

We have had the home remediated for mold twice. The second time, a hygienist did air samples that came back at unbelievably high levels of stachy. He'd never seen those levels before. Others in the remediation business have said, "I've been in abandoned buildings with mold growing up the walls where the levels aren't that high."

So we have left and are considering options. Lots of questions remain. Is there any way to "fix" the house so that we could move back in or sell it? I would not want to do either unless totally assured the problem is cleared, and if the toxicologist is right, demolishing the house and starting over is the best idea. Like most people, I don't have the funds to do that. Unless I'm wrong, the insurance company doesn't cover this type of loss. We could take legal action, but I'm told this type of case is complex and expensive. Plus, I don't like the thought of going through a court battle, but that may be the only way to get relief.

Amidst all of this, the outpouring of prayer and support has been amazing and humbling. I can't thank you enough for your care and concern. Keep praying. I think God is walking with us through the midst of this. No, I know he is.

Some people have emailed and offered us money. Thank you. I think there is a trust fund being set up by a church in our area. Other than that, if you want to pick up a copy of Dogwood on Amazon or at your local bookstore, I promise that all the proceeds of the royalties of that book will go to the Fabry Family fund.

Thanks again for caring and for your support in prayer. It really means a lot.


Jeff said...

Chris-- sorry to hear about your home. Not sure what else to say. I'll pray for your family.

--Jeff, Ohio

Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,
I just ordered your book Dogwood. I hope it helps. I am praying for you and your family. I am really glad that you have shared this with us. I am really glad that you have been real about this and how painful it is and know that God is for you and with you through this entire situation. We all need to be reminded of that.

Listener in Chicago (WMBI)

SherryP said...

(Hey, Chris - Can I borrow your blog to speak to my fellow listeners for a moment? Thanks!)

Hello, fellow listeners!

I know there are a lot of you who, like me, would like to come alongside the Fabry family in a tangible way as they deal with this major upheaval in their lives, so I thought I'd pass this along: To help meet some of their immediate needs, Moody Radio is suggesting that we purchase gift cards to major chain stores (Walmart, Target, Kohl's, etc.) and mail them to the following address:

Moody Radio
Attn: Amy Rios
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610

Moody will make sure that Chris and his family receive these gifts in a timely manner.

I hope this is helpful to those of you who want to express your love and encouragement in this way, and let's remember to keep uplifting the Fabry family in prayer during this difficult time in their lives.

FreeCellPenguin said...

I'll get you on our church's prayer sheet for tonight, Chris. This is one of those times when we see the knots on the underside of the tapestry of our lives, and think "what a mess", but God sees the full picture, and He's working on a masterpiece!