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Benefit Concert For Allergen-Free Home Construction

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MOUNT JULIET, Tenn. - No one wants their children to be anything but 100 percent healthy, but when they aren't, parents are willing to do whatever it takes to keep them healthy.

A Midstate family hopes to keep their children that way - literally from the ground up.

That's because three of the four children in the McDougal household have cystic fibrosis.

It is a "common genetic disorder that causes the body to make a thick sticky mucus foremost in the lungs and intestinal tract," said Greg McDougal, their father.

Cystic fibrosis is hard on the family especially for the children who have to routinely undergo uncomfortable treatments such as the vest machine, which allows them to do inhale treatments to loosen mucus in their chests. The children have to be connected to it for 30 minutes at least twice a day, said Diane McDougal.

The parents also use hand paddles to "knock everything lose and help it clear out," Greg McDougal said.

But the family is on a mission.

"When the doctors said some scary things a couple of years ago, my wife and I knew right away that we need to put these special children into a special, allergen-free house," he said. "Our priority is to have all of us on one floor."

The McDougals have designed the house and have selected land.

So now, the couple, with the help of a generous community, is working to raise funds for that house.

"A wonderful group of people have put together and organized a benefit concert and event for us.

Even with all of this effort to gain attention to the cause, we try to get them to run hard and play hard and live life to the fullest. They're the most special thing to ever come our way," said the father, a former songwriter will also perform at the concert.

The family also raised money by selling his CD online. The concert will be held Saturday at Charlie Daniels Park to help the McDougals.

For information about the concert visit A House For My Kids, a Web site about the effort.

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