Behind every home there is a story, and the story of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) English professor Scott Odom’s family is both uplifting and heart-breaking. The front of the Odom house, with its peeling paint and weed-filled lawn, disguised the love and the sacrifices this family has made for each other over the past few years. Odom spends his days shaping young minds through his love of literature. But the strength and happy disposition Scott shows on the outside masks a life-and-death battle going on inside his body. For the past seven years, he has fought a rare cancer, costing his family a small fortune. Scott takes a wide variety of medications every day to reduce the pain. He has undergone multiple surgeries and continues to be plagued by the invasive disease. Although he suffers from debilitating back and leg pain, he continues to show up for work and care for his loving wife, Christine, a school nurse; and their three children, Zachary, 15; Georgia, 12; and Rachel, nine. Although their bond as a family has not wavered during this time of uncertainty, their home has suffered. Unable to do the work required to keep up the house and unable to find the funds to pay for home improvements after paying for Scott’s medication and doctors, the Odoms’ home was desperately in need of some real TLC. When members...Read More
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