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Husband and wife donate AC unit to woman fighting heat — and cancer

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 21:37:27-04

DINWIDDIE, Va. – It’s has been too hot for people to have their A/C breakdown. But it’s happened, and the community has come together to help folks survive.

Two CBS 6 viewers reached out and said they wanted to give a brand new air conditioner to someone in need.

Cynthia Gathers has struggled with cancer, and some days finds it difficult to make it out of her bedroom. She sometimes spends hours bedridden in a space with no AC.

But today, that all changed --- thanks to the generosity of Linda Young, who donated an air conditioner unit.

Gathers wasn’t sure how it would happen, but said her faith told her a solution to her A/C problem wasn't far away.

“I didn't expect a response the next day,” the Dinwiddie woman said.

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The Young family want to help someone in need

Gathers has been fighting cancer for three years now.

She called Problem Solvers for help, and unbeknownst to her, total strangers had her on their minds.

Linda and Andrew Young stopped by CBS 6 to donate a window unit, after watching a newscast about a mother and daughter duo who helped out a local woman also without AC.

“I saw it on TV, and you did it for the other lady and I have a Florida room that`s too hot for me to sit in, so bing, bing, bing,” said Linda Young.

Their bright idea turned into a blessing for Gathers.

She was floored to see worker from Slade Electric tagging along to properly install the AC she desperately needs to cool her bedroom.

Cynthia cooling off.

Cynthia cooling off.

“I thank god for this,” she said.

“It hits hard,” said Drew Berry, with Slade Electric. “I mean, most of these folks are friends and neighbors and we don`t want anyone to have to struggle, to be sick or to have to stay in this heat, so it means a lot to all of us.”

It was something they all rejoiced about. For Gathers, she said it is just another example to her that angels are watching over her.

“Ahhhh, I’m gonna sleep really good tonight, ha ha ha,really good,” she said. “I may even be able to use my fur comforter!"

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