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Veteran, wife fight to keep home after double cancer diagnosis

A Henderson couple fights to keep their home after major financial setbacks. (Source: KLTV Staff) A Henderson couple fights to keep their home after major financial setbacks. (Source: KLTV Staff)
HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) -

An East Texas veteran and his wife could be without a home by the Fourth of July.

The couple says that after several major setbacks in their life, they now need the community's help.

“I fly my flag out in the front yard here every day, but as a veteran, I'm no better than anybody else,” said Dean Richardson, living in Henderson.  

“We've lived here since 2009,” said Dean’s wife, Janet Richardson. 

The couple says that when they bought the home, Dean had his dream job as a successful welding engineer.

“When I started, life was beautiful,” said Dean. “Then it's just been one setback after another.”

Those setbacks, including a layoff at Dean’s job, a cancer diagnosis for both Dean and Janet, and the passing of their son. 

“My son passed away right after I finished my chemo and radiation, and he passed away on New Year’s Eve,” said Janet. 

Janet said if they leave this house, they would also be leaving behind so many precious memories of their son.

The couple said keeping those memories will cost them $25,000.  

“We're relying on family friends and church at this point to keep this house,” said Dean. “We have built us a home here.”

With the future unclear, the couple said they know one thing for sure, “We have no place to go,” said Janet. “We have a lot invested here and we want to try and find a way to stay.”

The couple is holding out hope they won't be closing their door for good. 

Friends of the couple have set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise money.  

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