Pay It Forward: Carrie & Tom Schneider

November 02, 2017 11:06 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- We're starting our final round of this year's ABC 6 News Home Federal Savings Bank "Pay it Forward" campaign. 

The first $600 prize goes to two farmers who are using their experience fighting cancer to help others going through the same. 


Carrie Schneider, who was nominated, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in Fall of 2010.

In order for her to be treated, she and her husband Tom Schneider were forced to leave their farm in Taopi and move to Rochester.

"I had to live within 15 or 12 minutes of the hospital once I had my stem cell transplant. In case I broke a fever or whatnot," said Carrie. 

Brenda Kellogg, who nominated the couple, says the experience of an uncomfortable stay at an apartment and the fear of someone else having to go through the same set the couple in motion.   

"After all of her procedures, and what not and she went into remission. It was their private thanks. They bought a house and remodeled it as a place where people that went through what she did could stay," said Kellogg.

And that's why Brenda nominated Tom and Carrie for the "pay it forward" award, "She's very private. She quietly helps anybody she can and Tom is right there behind her. And this is their way of paying it forward because somebody helped them along the way."

Carrie said there's another reason to celebrate, "I am not doing chemo right now, thank God."

As for the $600, the couple plans to use it for new towels and bedding for the homes.

"In a way, it kinda hurts cause it's like I know people need it more than us cause we're doing it you know. But we're so grateful. Oh my god, we're so, that anybody…the thought of it alone is enough. Thank you,” said Carrie.

Carrie is now back home at her farm in Taopi.

To nominate someone for Pay It Foward, click here.


Roxanne Elias

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