An O'Neill family with strong ties to Antelope County lost their home in a fire early Wednesday morning.
Curt and Darcey Shabram and three sons - Isaiah, Tucker and Carson - all made it out of the structure safely but lost their home. Curt is a 1996 graduate of Neligh-Oakdale and the son of Marian and the late LeRoy Shabram.
According to family members, they are still assessing the situation and are unsure of exact needs at this time but said they appreciate all of the concern and support already shown by friends and family.
One of Darcey's friends, Amanda Jeffres, sent a letter this morning to Ellen DeGeneres about the family's situation. Darcey and Amanda won tickets to the "Ellen" show and will attend the taping on Oct. 7.
The letter detailed their youngest son having Prader-Willi syndrome, along with Curt's mother being shot in 2008 by a purse snatcher in the parking lot of Immanuel Hospital while she was visiting LeRoy, who was battling cancer.
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Letter by Amanda Jeffres:
"Ellen, I'm writing you with a heavy heart. This morning I learned that one of my dear friends lost her house in an early morning house fire. She is married and has three young, amazing boys! I first met Darcey working as night shift nurses in a local hospital; being a nurse your compassion is for people and to give back. A few years after working together, Darcey and her husband were excited to announce they were expecting their third child. A few weeks after Carson was born, they learned he had Prader-Willi syndrome, a congenital birth defect. Darcey and her husband, Curt, along with their two older boys, Isaiah and Tucker, were hand-picked by God to be Carson's family. The family has not only faced this obstacle, but many other challenges over the years. After receiving the news they were expecting, Curt's father who had failing health became hospitalized in Omaha (3 hours from home). While visiting her husband in the hospital, Darcey's mother-in-law was shot at pointblank range in the hospital parking lot. Marian survived, but lost her husband less than 2 months later. Less than a month after the funeral, Carson was born. Through everything, Darcey, as well as the rest of her family have remained strong and united. They continue to put others ahead of their own needs. Now, less than 4 years after building their family a home they have lost it and all the contents. We are attending your show October 7th and I would love to help my friend who has always helped others."
314 M Street
Neligh, NE 68756