AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- The mold in their house was so prevalent that the kids kept getting sick.
Now, the Shanks are picking up the pieces, as they support their dad, and husband, during his fight with cancer.
With no home and nearly all their belongings left behind, the Shanks are grateful for how the community has come together to help them.
"It was dangerous enough that he recommended we just leave as if it was a house fire," said Heather Shank.
Toys, empty chairs, were left behind inside the home. A mold inspector told the family to leave immediately.
The Shank's house was built in the 1830s. It looks pretty normal from the outside, but because of the amount of mold, the Shanks will never be able to open the door, walk back in, and call this house, a home.
David Shank got the news about the mold during the same week he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
"Had, just a number of growths on my body that were very painful, so we knew it wasn't flu,' said David Shank, 'this has been really tough, I've not been back inside the house since I was in the hospital. So, I don't get to have that closure, because I can't go back, it's too dangerous for me."
Despite their hardships, there's joy as David and his wife, Heather, look through pictures; one of the few things left. This is something Greg Becker, the Director of congregational care at Covenant Presbyterian Church, says there's a reason for.
"They lean on the Lord, and depend through their faith each day for the strength and the courage that they need to live through this," said Becker.
A couple the Shanks barely knew invited the family into their home.
"Find it, it's worth it, and not just in hardship. but especially in hardship, to know that you have friends," said David Shank.
David Shank is thankful for his church.
"I think it was three weeks straight, every single morning, brought breakfast, to me, sat and chatted for an hour. It's really good," said David Shank.
People have donated furniture, said prayers for, and given money, to the Shanks.
"Just really have a trust that God has purposes through all of this and that he's the one who sustains us," said Heather Shank.
The Shanks remain hopeful, even in spite of so much loss.
The following is more information for a fundraiser for the Shanks:
Chicken BBQ Fundraiser for David Shank
freshly grilled chicken halves ($3.50 each) will be available on
Saturday, August 9th from 10:30am-12:30pm at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Mosby Road in Harrisonburg.
To sign up for your chicken go to www.eventbrite.com
search event: ‘support the shanks’, and see website for further instructions
100% of the funds will assist the Shanks with the financial burdens they are carrying at this time.
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