By: Brittany Comak

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WLNE) - A Taunton woman says she is forever grateful to the community after they raised enough money for her to be able to keep her home.

Rosemary Heath had fallen behind on mortgage payments after she lost her job, she says, due to the PTSD she developed from seeing her husband stabbed to death.

 "He's gone," said Heath. "And everything in this house that reminds me of him - and he's still not here! How do you move forward on that?"

Her husband, George Heath, died while trying to save a waitress who had been stabbed at a Bertucci's he and his wife were dining at during the Taunton Rampage in May 2016. George was stabbed in the process.

Heath's PTSD began to affect her work until she eventually lost her job.

 

It took more than one time to try and apply for disability, and in the mean time her unemployment ran out.

"I fell behind on my mortgage," said Heath.  "Terrible. And it's never my intention to do that. But I did."

She applied for a mortgage modification but was rejected.

She was in the process of appealing that rejection when she got a message from her friend last week, saying that she saw her house was to be sold at auction next month - two days after Christmas.

"My house is going to be auctioned?! Heath said incredulously. "The house I got married in with George in the backyard? The house that I have all of these memories of with him."

Heath's sister sprang into action and started a Go-Fund-Me page to raise $25,000 to reinstate the loan.

A little more than 24 hours later, they've raised close to $80,000.

"I want to cry, I want to smile, I want to laugh, I don't know which emotion to have right now because I'm overwhelmed," said Heath.

Heath is planning to call the mortgage company as soon as possible to tell them she plans on staying in her house.

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