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As Rossville man battles cancer, neighbor volunteers to mow his yard every week

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Chris Hays (pictured here between Scott and Annette Jackson) says he wants yard work not to be something his neighbors have to worry about. (Image: WTVC)

As a Rossville man battles cancer, his neighbor has taken it upon himself to mow the man's yard for him every week.

In this week's Pay It Forward, Jessica Harthorn surprises him on the job.

Chris Hays says his neighborhood is a tight-knit community, and when he found out his friend's cancer diagnoses, he fired up his lawnmower and went to work.

It's a mundane task, mowing the lawn.

But for Scott Jackson, who is battling colon cancer, it became a source of stress.

"I get real weak, and I can't walk much and I get tired easy, take naps all day," said Scott.

That's when Scott's neighbor Chris Hays showed up with his riding mower.

"He mows this whole ditch," said Scott's wife Annette.

And he continues to mow it two years later.

"He's awesome. There is no one in the world like Chris," said Annette.

Scott and Annette are now heading to the Cancer Treatment Center near Atlanta.

But before they go, they asked Chris to stop by for a special surprise.

"Hey Chris," said Annette. "The reason I needed you to come up here, is that in honor of Newschannel 9 and the McMahan Law Firm, we want to Pay It Forward to you. 1, 2, 3, 4, $500, and we just want you to know how much we appreciate you. You're a sweetheart," surprised Annette.

Chris says volunteering his time and equipment to help his neighbors at no cost was an easy decision.

"I hate that they are going through that ya know, so I guess I wanted to take a little bit off them and have one less thing to worry about," said Chris.

Before heading to Atlanta, one last good bye and words of encouragement for the road.

"I keep telling him don't give up, it will be okay," said Chris.

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


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