FACED with the battle of his life, Lewiston resident Steve Almond never could have imagined the love and support he’d receive
from his local community.
In July, Steve was given between 12 and 24 months to live after he was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of brain cancer.
His wife, Marie, was forced to quit her job and become his full-time carer, as he faced daily hospital visits and intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Doctors told the couple while the treatment won’t cure Steve’s cancer, it will attempt to keep his illness at bay.
“We try to look for positives in each situation,” Marie said.
“When his hair started falling out we started laughing about how he won’t need to wash it any more.”
During this difficult time, Marie reached out to Steve’s colleague, Rick Boardman, and asked for help to maintain the garden at
their 2.5-acre Lewiston property.
Mr Boardman contacted local residents Craig Hodge, and Martin and Colleen Powley, who leapt into action and worked on the
garden, free of charge.
Mr Powley said it took days to clear a large amount of trees and several overgrown bushes at the front and back of the Almond’s
“We cut out trees, cleared the area with a whipper-snipper, and also collected a bunch of firewood for Steve and Marie to use,” he said.
“It’s was one of those things, if you were ever in the same position, you’d want people to help you out.”
In addition to clearing the garden, Marie and Steve wanted to build a dog run for their nine dogs – which the pair has showcased in dog shows for many years.
Much to the couple’s surprise, an anonymous member of the dog show…
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