Extreme Team to help cancer patients

Extreme Team to help cancer patients

The Extreme Team is taking on its newest project. Starting Wednesday, Mark Peterson and the crew will clear out a lot at 614 S. Hatch on the Lower South Hill to make room for a new home. It’s not the house that will be special, but who will be staying there.

For cancer patients traveling more than 50 miles to Spokane for treatment, they have the option of staying at Faye’s House. Cancer survivor Jule Irhig didn’t have a home after teaching in China for 11 years.

“I was just really busy. Too busy to be sick so I kind of ignored my health issues,” she said.

When she moved back to Washington in July 2014, her health caught up to her. A colonoscopy revealed it was cancer.

“It was just like, ‘Oh no, not me. It can’t be,'” Irhig said.

She received treatment in Spokane, but didn’t have a place to stay until she heard about Faye’s House. It’s a place for adults traveling more than 50 miles for treatment to stay, free of charge. Executive Director and founder of the nonprofit Because There is Hope, Melody Biehl, started Faye’s House 12 years ago.

“Just one thing [cancer patients] don’t have to think about. They can think about getting well,” Biehl said.

“I cannot tell you what a blessing it was, a real answer to prayer, when they accepted me,” Irhig said.

Ihrig said volunteers at Faye’s House supported and encouraged her throughout three rounds of chemo. In May, she found out she is cancer-free.

Right now, Faye’s House is in Cheney. Cancer Care Northwest in Spokane donated the Hatch Road property, which is across the street, to bring patients using Faye’s House closer to the clinic.

“We help a lot of their patients and we know what need there is,” Biehl said.

The new house will have seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. But first, Mark Peterson and the Extreme Team need to clear the overgrown lot. Garco Construction drew up the architectural design, but Biehl isn’t sure who will build it.

“We are in such need of this facility,” she said. “I’m looking for contractors and subcontractors and plumbers and builders and building supplies.”

If you want to volunteer your time or supplies, you can contact Biehl at btih@becausethereishope.org, call her at 509-939-9672, or click here