US Air Force veteran and family receives mortgage-free home in DeBary

Staff Sergeant Matthew Cable diagnosed with Leukemia while on active duty

DEBARY, Fla. – Dozens gathered on Tuesday to welcome U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Matthew Cable and his wife Ensley to their new neighborhood in DeBary.

“The sheriff’s office wants to welcome you to the safest city in Volusia County,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.

The Cable family was welcomed by a parade and a ceremony right outside their newly built home donated by Building Homes for Heroes.

Cable joined the military in 2011 because he wanted to fight for his country, and while he was on active duty, he was diagnosed with Leukemia, a battle he did not want to lose.

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“A blessing with this magnitude is very rare,” Cable said.

News 6 was there to see the Cable and his wife turn the key to their new home for the first time.

Ensley, also a cancer survivor, could not stop smiling.

“I don’t know this feeling. It doesn’t register,” she said.

The two of them were more than grateful to call Central Florida home where they can share memories with their little son Cade, all thanks to a community that wanted to give back to a hero.

“This is the greatest day of our lives except maybe our wedding day,” Cable said.

About the Author:

Ezzy Castro is a multimedia journalist on News 6's morning team who has a passion for telling the stories of the people in the Central Florida community. Ezzy worked at WFOR CBS4 in South Florida and KBMT in Beaumont, Texas, where she covered Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Being from Miami, Ezzy loves Cuban coffee and croquetas!