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Building a difference in Jacksonville, FL - The Goodall Family Story

Building a difference in Jacksonville, FL - The Goodall Family Story

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, Builders Care, a Jacksonville Organization sponsored by the Northeast Florida Builders Association, will showcase The Goodall Family Story. This documentary tells the story of the Goodall Family's journey and a group of professionals who reached out and changed a family and community.
Kenny Goodall, a Jacksonville welder, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Dreams of building their dream home on their recently purchased 10 acre track of land came crashing down around them as Kenny's condition worsened.  This family of eight was in need of a miracle. In steps ICI Homes and Builders Care. 
“I’ve been in the construction business for over 30 years, and felt a kinship with Kenny when I heard he was a welder,” says Don Wilford, president of ICI Homes North Florida Division and a Builders Care board member. “But when I sat down on their couch and looked in Kenny’s eyes, heard Karen’s heart and played with their beautiful children, I knew we had to do something — and we had to do it fast.”
With ICI as its partner, Builders Care quickly rallied the industry’s premier trade partners. “It was important for us to get everyone in the same room at the same time,” says Chris Simons, executive director of Builders Care. “These were the heavy hitters. And when they heard about the plight of this family, there was no stopping this project.”
Unfortunately, the tragic turn of events didn't start there. During the project, Kollin, the oldest of the children, only 14 yrs old, became diagnosed with Leukemia. 
What follows is a tale of inspiration, love, heartbreak, and a community building together that will melt your heart. If you are in the Jacksonville area, I strongly recommend that you plan on spending Saturday, January 19th at The Florida Theatre for the World Premiere of this heartwarming documentary of The Goodall Family Story. 
You can also read more at, or buy tickets for this event (only $10 for general admission/$40 VIP). 
Thank you for reading... Building a difference in Jacksonville, FL - The Goodall Family Story


 Author Bio: Melissa Marro, Home Staging Industry leader, Realtor, and entrepreneur offers a unique perspective on New Home Construction, Resale Residential Real Estate, and Home Staging

For more information on buying or selling in the Fleming Island, Orange Park, or Jacksonville, area, visit or call Melissa Marro (marro.melissa at, Keller Williams First Coast Realty, for more information (904-466-2093).


Comment balloon 3 commentsMelissa Marro • October 17 2012 04:05PM


It's hard to imagine one family enduring so much pain. This is a reminder to us all that death is not the end but just the beginning. Incredibly moving story.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 6 years ago

So sad and inspirational at the same time.  Hope they sell a lot of tickets to the November 17th world premiere of the Goodall Family Story at the Florida Theatre.

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Tammy - I agree. I cannot imagine being the wife/mother. 

Carie - Thank you!

Posted by Melissa Marro, Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging (Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team) over 6 years ago

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