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Couple in poor health fights to get mailbox moved to a safer location

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

 A couple in poor health just want their mailbox moved across the street, closer to their home. They say their battle for change with the post office was hitting dead ends…until they said Help Me Hayley.

Steve Farnsworth got some devastating health news several months ago. His bone cancer diagnosis, among other medical issues, made every day actives feel next to impossible.

"It's very painful, I'm in a lot of pain," he said. "Now, it's very hard to cross the street.

Something he needs to do to access his mailbox. He says critical medical documents come often. His wife's on health concerns also prevent her from making the trip across the portion of Sprague.

"She has macular degeneration and it's hard for her to see a lot of times," Farnsworth said. "So many care are always going by that you try to cross the street by running or walking fast, but she can't see her feet. I don't feel much from the knee on down. I can trip really easily."

In the time we were there, cars were whizzing by every 10 to 20 seconds just as Farnsworth described. He said all he wants is for their mailbox to move to their side of the street, about 30 feet from where it sits now.

The couple said their first request for this chance came several months ago, with no luck then or since.

"When I asked for the request they said 'good luck, it's going to take an act of congress,'" he said.

Farnsworth said he then reached out to Cathy McMorris Rodgers and while he did get a response, he said it didn't fix his problem. That's when he called KHQ's Hayley Guenthner.

"I know Hayley can help, somehow, someway," he said "She'll make somebody aware."

And sure enough, shortly after Hayley began working the phones, she got the couple some results. The postmaster for their neighborhood has an appointment to meet with them Saturday morning to get this straightened out.

The good news and sense of hope coming at the perfect time as Steve begins chemo on Monday.

"This has been a big relief," he said.

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