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Door to Door, a national provider of portable storage and moving containers, will join with the University of San Diego (USD) School of Business Administration (SBA) in its 2009 Sustainable Environment Enterprise Development (SEED) project. The goal is to retrofit and make accessible the house of Skip Gleavey, an accomplished tri-athlete, marathon runner and 100-mile biker.

In the past five years, Skip has battled significant challenges including a massive heart attack, Stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma and a devastating biking accident that left him paralyzed.

Door to Door's San Diego branch will donate all portable-storage containers, transportation fees and off-site storage plus a majority of the packing supplies for the project. The storage containers delivered on Oct. 13 will be used by Skip and his wife to accommodate their furnishings and possessions until completion of the project in November.

This is the 13th project USD SBA students have participated in to change the lives of senior or disabled San Diegans to create safe, secure and accessible environments. SEED teaches graduate and undergraduate students the tools and techniques of project management by having students plan and implement a house renovation using green materials.

"The feelings of self-worth, pride and dignity are priceless. Because of SEED, I can now look forward to the future," Gleavey says. "For the first time since the accident that left me paralyzed, I will now be able to function independently and lighten the burden on others. It also allows me to regain some of my self-esteem that I lost when I became incapacitated. "

Costs of the renovation project are not covered by USD, so raising the funds to cover all expenses is vital. To make a donation, volunteer and learn more about SEED and the 2009 Skip Gleavey project, visit www.SEEDsandiego.org. The project can be followed at http://twitter.com/seedsandiego and on Facebook.

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