When Tammy and Troy Todd became new residents of Briarcliff, they paid for more than a new house.

Profits from the sale of the home will be used to pay medical expenses for Joyce Fuller, who underwent a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in January. Her husband, the Rev. Stanley Fuller, is pastor of Spears Creek Baptist Church in Elgin.

“It’s a great help,” Joyce Fuller said. “It was a community and church family effort with many people sacrificing their time and money to get the house completed, and I appreciate all that was done.”

Church member Swayze Legrand, who heads the fund-raising committee, said church members bought the lot in the Pontiac subdivision several months ago and supplied the labor to build the house, spearheaded and constructed by Carl Brazell Builders.

“We’re hoping to clear between $25,000 to $30,000,” Legrand said. “It’s an answer to prayer and the people’s way of letting the preacher know how much we love and support and appreciate him as our pastor, and his wife.”

The pastor said the couple are “appreciative of the outpouring of love shown to us. It’s wonderful to know people care so much and were behind us when things seemed hopeless.”

When the Pontiac couple found out that a liver transplant was needed to save Joyce’s life, they learned how many friends they had. Some people they didn’t even know called to help and send money.

And for the church members to buy a lot and build a house is more than they could have imagined, the pastor said.

Troy Todd, who works for Policy Management Systems in Blythewood, said he thinks it’s great how money from the sale of the house, at 113 Tamwood Lane, will be used.

Tammy Todd said she fell in love with the house when her husband took her to see it. The 1,200-square-foot house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The Todds wasted no time moving in. As soon as the sale was final last week, they moved in with their seven parakeets and two puppies.

Joyce Fuller had been diagnosed with a life-threatening liver disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, and was given six months to a year to live. She is the first South Carolinian to undergo a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic, and she said she feels like a new person.

Funds will continue to be needed for medication and expenses for tests and checkups. Contributions may be made to the Joyce Fuller Fund, c/o Spears Creek Baptist Church, 116 Spears Creek Church Lane, Elgin 29045. Envelopes should be sent to Legrand’s attention.

April 4, 1991  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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