Cancer Stricken Mother of 6 Loses Home

Local News

A Perry County family of eight is living out of a tent after a fire tore through their home last week.

Crystal Copley, her husband and six children have been homeless since a fire destroyed their home at 322 East Water Street in New Lexington.

The family had just settled into that house after an April electrical fire destroyed their their previous home in Columbus.

Crystal says they are hoping to get the children into a stable home by the time school starts in two weeks.

“Right now if we’re still in the tent when school starts then we will be, but until we can find a place to live, maybe the school will change it’ll be different. So it’s been extremely stressful, just trying to figure out if we’re going to end up still there and going to the school and if we’ll have a home,” says Copley.

The family lost everything in the fire.

Crystal says the hardest thing to lose was letters she had written to her children for their future birthdays and holidays she will miss. She is suffering from terminal kidney cancer and is estimated to have three to six months to live. Crystal only wish is to make sure her children are taken care of.

“If something happens to me I know that they are okay, me I’m not concerned about, it’s just them I just want to make sure that they have a roof over their head and they feel safe and secure,” she says.

Donations can be sent to the family at 209 East Water Street, New Lexington 43764. A fund has also been set-up in care of Crystal Copley and family at National City in New Lexington 126 S. Main Street New Lexington, OH 43764.