The May East Dallas/Lakewood Advocate includes a story about 4949 Swiss, the delapidated mansion with an intriguing history, which is on the Swiss Avenue Historic District Mother’s Day Home Tour this year. There are enough stories about the house and its eccentric owner, Mary Ellen Bendsen, to fill a book.

But not everyone knows that Bentdsen’s nephew was famous too. The nephew, John McClamrock, injured his spinal column in the first play of a Hillcrest High School football game in 1973, when he was 17. He lived with his mother, Ann, another 35 years, even though he was paralyzed from the neck down and couldn’t sit up.

McClamrock’s story is one of strength and courage, even though it’s a heart-breaker. Here is a link to the story Skip Hollandsworth wrote about the McClamrocks for Texas Monthly.

The story about 4949 Swiss mentions that the house is on the market. Here is a link to the listing for it. The Preston Hollow home where the McClamrocks lived also is on the market. Here is its listing.

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