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Owasso woman battling cancer gets surprise from stranger

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Gail Charette, an Owasso woman who is battling cancer for the third time, received an incredible gift from a complete stranger.{ }Her need for a ramp got around town and a Tulsa businessman stood up to help. Larry Lee, owner of Lee on Demand, is building her a ramp for free on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (KTUL photo)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- An Owasso woman who is battling cancer for the third time, was given a much-needed victory. Unable to afford a ramp for her front steps, a complete stranger stepped up and built one for free.

Gail Charette first got the news 18 years ago.

“I had breast cancer,” she said.

She thought she’d beaten it, but years later, it metastasized to her bones, and in July, to her brain.

“That’s where I am at now. I do chemo once a week.”

Through it all, she continues to fight. Her only son, Joseph, is now 23 years old, which is a day Charette never thought she’d see.

“I prayed to let me see him through school, and I’ve done that,” she said.

Charette has to use a walker to get around, which is tough, especially on stairs. After all of her battles, she never imagined the random act of kindness she was given.

"I can’t believe it; it is like angels came down to help me with this,” Charette said.

Larry Lee, the owner of Lee on Demand Construction and Services, saw a post on social media about Charette needing the ramp and didn’t hesitate to help.

“We are taking care of it,” Larry Lee said. “I started my own business, I’ve made money doing odds and end jobs, so if I can donate that money and keep paying it forward, that’s what I am doing.”

Lee plans to have it done in just one day.

“It means a lot to think that somebody would do that,” Charette said.

That act of kindness is making a big impact on Charette; it's a chance to get out and live a little more.

"Little victories at a time, small steps," Charette said.


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