WNY Group Lends a Helping Hand to World's Oldest Living Conjoined Twins

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

August 11, 2010 Updated Aug 11, 2010 at 7:25 PM EDT

Dayton, OH (WKBW)- At 58-years-old, Ronnie and Donnie Galyon are the world's oldest living conjoined twins. Although they've tried to be independent over the years, living in a small home that wasn't handicap accessible proved challenging for the twins. That's all changed though, thanks to volunteers from all over the country. Those volunteers included the local group Christian Youth Corps, who pitched in to create Ronnie and Donnie their dream home.

"There are people that really want to help and sometimes you just need to step up and say here's an opportunity for you to help," said Christian Youth Corps Director Peter Andrews. "There was hundreds of people who had the opportunity to see that you don't need a big organization to come in and do something like this, it just takes a community that cares."

The volunteers were able to create a 2,500 square foot home for the twins which allows the them to be more independent thanks to special equipment, bigger entranceways, a customized bed, and even a one-of-a-kind wheel chair. The entire project was made possible through donations and volunteer work.

"It's overwhelming," said Jim Galyon, the twins' younger brother. "We know we can never repay that debt other than gratitude."

To get more information about the Christian Youth Corps or to Volunteer visit: http://christianyouthcorps.bfn.org/