The 2012 recipient of Ridgecon's "No Roof Left Behind" contest is Geraldine “Geri” Walsh of Sterling Heights.
Jay Elie, who along with his brother Matt are co-owners of Ridgecon Construction in Shelby Township and directors of the No Roof Left Behind program. The brothers announced that Walsh, 48, who was one of the four finalists in the online competition, and garnered 46 percent of the votes cast.
The No Roof Left Behind program annually installs a free roof for a Macomb County family or individual in need.
“Geri’s story obviously touched people’s hearts and that translated into the vast majority of votes being cast for her,” said Elie. “She has been through a lot in her life, being diagnosed with and beating cancer seven times since she was a teenager and losing her husband in 2001, yet through courage and faith in God she has persevered, while raising three sons.”
Walsh is now facing another major battle as her cancer has metastasized, spreading to her liver where it has been diagnosed as incurable. Undaunted by her most recent health challenge, Walsh is determined to beat cancer once again as she undergoes chemotherapy while on leave from her job at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Too make matters worse, her roof was in such bad shape the city was going to fine her if it was not replaced.
The new roof will be installed on Sept. 29 beginning at 9 a.m. during a block party.