By Ann Rubin
Lake St. Louis (KSDK) - The Franklin family had enough to deal with: their 6-year-old daughter Izzy, who has down syndrome, had recently been diagnosed with leukemia.
And then they found out they had a mold problem in their Lake St. Louis home.
It was in the kitchen and the basement, and with a sick child at home, they wanted it gone as soon as possible.
But this much mold would cost between $20,000 and $30,000 to remove and the Franklins couldn't afford it.
"I personally was ready just to start tearing everything out," said Izzy's father, Dale Franklin.
That's when Jon Paramore and the Olneya Restoration Group stepped in.
They found out about the family on Facebook and offered to donate their services.
They started ripping out carpet and drywall Monday with the help of a company called Mold Solutions.
"It's really humbling to know that all the hard work we do during the day and all the stuff that we go through, that we're still able to give back," said Paramore.
"I couldn't believe it that there would even be somebody out there that would do something like that," said Franklin.
The Franklins say getting rid of the mold is a relief. It is one less thing to deal with, when they're already dealing with so much.
Now they can put their focus back where it belongs: on Izzy.
She should be done with chemotherapy by early next year. In the meantime, the whole family will be breathing easier.
"It's just unbelievable that there's people out there that would come to our rescue," said Izzy's mother, Belinda.
If all goes as planned, construction should be completed by the middle of October.