Breast cancer survivor provides free lawn care to neighbors battling health issues

Jenny Willhoit is the lady on the riding lawnmower, who with her three sons, will take care of your family and your yard when you can't. (Image: WTVC)

A woman in Athens just beat an aggressive form of Breast Cancer.

But even as she was undergoing intense chemotherapy and surgery she found the time to take care of her neighbors who were also battling serious health issues.

In this week's Pay It Forward surprise, Jessica Harthorn was there as her neighbors gathered for a special thank you.

Everyone who lives on Crestway Circle in Athens knows Jenny Willhoit.

She's the lady on the riding lawnmower, who with her three sons, will take care of your family and your yard when you can't.

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It's been a tough year for the folks who live on Crestway Circle.

Barbara McConkey suffered a stroke as she was turkey hunting with her husband in April.

A month later, Larry Howard had a quadruple bypass surgery.

And then there's Jeff Thomas, who's taking care of a newborn while grieving his mother who recently passed away.

But through all their trials, its their neighbor Jenny Willhoit who watched out for them.

"She is precious, she is literally precious," said Barbara McConkey.

"Jenny is just so exceptional," said Larry Howard.

"Jenny was just always there for us," said Jeff Thomas.

The neighbors tell us while they were spending weeks in the hospital, and even longer recovering at home, it was Jenny who was mowing their lawns, taking out their trash and getting the mail.

But Jenny knew what it was like to walk in their shoes.

As she worked to serve others she was battling an aggressive form of Breast Cancer.

As seen in these photos, her year of chemo treatments and double mastectomy didn't wipe the smile from her face.

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"She is here to help everybody. No matter what she goes through, she's out to help people," said Larry.

And today, her neighbors say it's time to repay the favors.

They lured her over, saying the lawn needed a little TLC.

"What in the world?!" said Jenny as she climbed off her lawnmower.

"Jenny, I just want you to know how much we love you and on behalf of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we are going to Pay It Forward, so hold out your hand," surprised Winona Howard.

"No, no, no." cried Jenny.

"Yes. Hold out your hand. 100, 200, 300, 400, $500." hugged Winona.

"Thank you. You did not have to do that!" said Jenny.

As Jenny's family and neighbors hugged her with gratitude, she revealed her latest test results came back great.

"Being able to have the health to do it, that's usually what I say when I'm out and about. Just thank you Lord," said Jenny.


Do you know someone who deserves $500 cash for helping others? Nominate them here!

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