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Family Hopes to Get Back on Feet Through Fundraiser

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By Reid Chandler, KCRG-TV9

MOUNT AUBURN, Iowa — Despite the curves life has thrown at them, the Scheel family has stayed close and is determined to never give up.

“We’ve been through so many things,” Wendy Scheel said.

The Mount Auburn family moved out of their home and in with Scheel’s parents last August after concerns their health was negatively affected by the family’s house.

“We loved our home,” Scheel said. “It wasn’t much, but it was home.”

Scheel said her son Jacob, 13, was experiencing greater health complications in their house. Jacob suffers from severe asthma and is allergic to most foods.

“We just couldn’t figure out why,” Scheel said. “As kids get older, they usually get better [with asthma and allergies]. He was getting worse.”

Scheel says she decided to contact a health inspect after she and another son began noticing their own health issues were worsening.

“I had thought that something was just not right,” Scheel said. “There was more that I had to check into.”

The health inspector noted abnormally high levels of radon in the 124-year-old house, and advised they either invest in services to clear it out, or move out.

“We were told by that gentleman that he would get out right away,” Scheel said.

With routine trips from Mount Auburn to Vinton, Iowa City and the Mayo Clinic for checkups, medical expenses, as well as gas and food expenditures, the family’s budget is getting tight.

Scheel says it’s hard to see a way out.

“I hate asking for help, I hate it,” Scheel said.

But Scheel says she knew the only way they could afford a cheap home with clean air would be to ask for some help.

That’s why Scheel started a fundraising page on She hopes to raise $5,000 in 60 days to assist in the purchase of a home, while her husband works two jobs to help their family stay afloat.

“All I want is a home with safe air for the kids,” she said. “I think they deserve that.”

She’s hoping the family can get enough to just get back on their feet, but she says the silver lining of their struggles is that their family is still together.

“We don’t need anything extravagant in life. We can appreciate every little thing,” Scheel said.

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