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Community comes together to help clean yard for man with cancer

Posted at 10:17 PM, Aug 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-17 01:17:28-04

A community coming together to help a family in need after a Tucson woman asked for help to clean her yard. 

On Wednesday, volunteers from all over town came together to lend a hand. 

In February, Jennifer Simmons' husband was diagnosed with stage four laryngeal cancer. 

Simmons became the only income with little to no time off to take care of her home. 

But recently, she needed a lot of help. 

"I need them to renew my lease so I asked for help in clearing the yard so I can have a good home inspection," says Simmons. 

After monsoonal storms hit the area - grass and weeds became waist high. She tells KGUN9 became overwhelmed with doing everything by herself. 

"It's a hard pill to swallow but I asked for help and I put it on Facebook," says Simmons. 

To her surprise more than 100 people responded. 

"This is so important for us to be here to simply help clean up the yard, whatever it takes," says on volunteer, Angela Skinner.

But it wasn't easy telling her husband that she asked for help. In fact, she says he was embarrassed. 

"He was the guy that worked 6 days a week and never stopped working and when he was tired he was still working he did the yard," says Simmons. 

Radiation and chemo have made her husband sensitive to the heat. 

Close friends, Robert Romero was one of the volunteers helping cleanup. 

"When someone has a situation they go through in life they never know how hard it's going to be sometimes you need more than your wife and the community to pitch in," says Romero. 

Because of the efforts of the volunteers Jennifer says she and her husband are forever grateful.

"It restores my faith in humanity," says Simmons. "People that I don't even know would help me and pull weeds and cut grass it restore my faith." 

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