Above: Former Marine Mark Lytinski in his customized home.
When actor Gary Sinise saw a video about former Marine Mark Litynski, a triple amputee from an IED explosion in Afghanistan, he wanted to help the Duluth veteran. The R.I.S.E. program of the Gary Sinise Foundation went to work to provide a custom home for Litynski and his wife Heather. Built by Legacy Custom Homes in Cloquet, it was designed to facilitate the vet’s mobility with extra wide hallways, pull down cabinets, and smartphone/touchpad control systems. “The home has made moving around so easy and it’s been great not having limits as I navigate,” Litynski says. “Everything is so much more convenient for me in the house by being able to access so much with my phone, pull up to sinks, and reach all the dishes I use.”
Information about R.I.S.E at garysinisefoundation.org/programs
By Susie Eaton Hopper
Photo by Joe Polilio
Builder/designer: Legacy Custom Homes