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DENVER — Someone once said, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

“When he was diagnosed a few years ago, it put things in perspective, what really mattered in life,” Susan Sheets said about her husband, Gary.

Three years ago, doctors diagnosed him with stage 4 colon cancer.

“We’re fighting and we’ve put everything that we’ve ever had into this fight and we’re still fighting,” Sheets said.

In the fight for Gary’s life, priorities have turned to treatments, medical bills and scraping by — their savings and retirement fund now depleted.

Couldn’t afford them.  Had to prioritize.

That means things like upkeep on their home, replacing a leaking roof, even bringing things up to code have been on the back burner for some time.

“The household repairs have been put by the wayside.  It didn’t really matter as much,” Sheets said.

Today, thanks to Interstate Roofing’s “Roofs in Need” project, no task is too small, no project left undone.

“Seeing the impact that you have on somebody when you do a program like this is really what it’s all about, makes it worthwhile,” said Brett Wilson, operations manager for Interstate Roofing

“To have everyone here volunteering their time when there’s things they could be doing with their own family, it’s huge,”

Dozens of volunteers hammer, paint, wire and garden, making sure the family keeps its focus on the things that matter most.

“I think today everybody will walk away from here pretty good, a little pep in their step probably because of some of the things we were able to do,” Wilson said.

“It means the world to us,” Sheets said.

This is Interstate Roofing’s first “Roof’s in Need Project.” Nominations were sought and the public voted on the family they felt was most deserving.

All told the Sheets’ had more than $10,000 worth of work done to their home for free.