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Peggy’s Angels: A community of helpers

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BYRON, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Peggy Andreason is a cancer patient at Mayo Clinic undergoing chemotherapy for three tumors in her stomach. In March, both she and her husband, Dean were in the hospital at the same time before he passed away after suffering organ failure.

Peggy was released from the hospital shortly after. She came home to a house on 80 acres of land with her support system gone.

"My husband and I had been married 38 years. And all of a sudden you come home to an empty house, a quiet house," Andreason said.

Peggy can't drive due to doctor's orders while undergoing treatment. That's where her neighbors, family, and friends from church otherwise known as her "quilting sisters" come in.

Every Wednesday someone picks Andreason up and takes her into town for her chemo at Mayo. Friends also bring over big meals for her several times a week to make sure she's fed.

She calls them "Peggy's Angels."

"Small things that people do for people is what really hits you sometimes it's very nice that people do that," Andreason said. "I am so appreciative of them and I am so blessed. And like i said they don't want anything they just do it because they want to do it."

Asking for help is something Andreason is getting used to. She said she had to take care of her grandfather and her father, so having to be the one taken care of instead of giving the care is new to her.

Her friends are glad she's getting the help. But, several of the "angels" did not want to be interviewed or take credit for helping. However, they do say they're simply giving to someone who needs it.

One friend we did speak with says the group knows it's the right thing to do, especially for someone like Andreason.

"You know if it was someone else having that need, Peggy would be one of the first ones there doing the same thing," said Dianne Kearns. "I've been a recipient of Peggy's kindness and generosity, and we're just paying back and paying forward at the same time."

Things are looking up for Andreason medically. She says her chemotherapy is working. Her tumors are shrinking and she's on pace to be done with treatment at the end of the year.

Zach Fuller

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