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Following struggle with cancer, Canyon Country family gets free paint job

Posted: July 27, 2013 2:28 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2013 2:28 p.m.

A. Allbright Painting Inc. president Joshua Abramson , left, brings paint for homeowners Cheryl, center, and Elm (cq) Magno as they help A. Allbright volunteers paint the exterior of their home in Canyon Country on Saturday as part of the 8th Annual Paint It Forward, charity paint makeover.

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It was 2007 when the members of the Magno family saw their lives turn upside down.

That’s when one of the family’s children, Brittany, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Her parents, Cheryl and Elm Magno, had to take long periods of time off of work to care for her.

“Our two-income family turned into, at best, a one-income family,” Elm Magno said Saturday. “Financially, times got tough.”

During the difficult months and years that followed, the Magno family experienced an outpouring of community support.

“When it happened, when she was diagnosed, we cried for a time,” Elm Magno said. “But then we focused on what we needed to do to get our daughter back to health.”

All the efforts, thoughts and prayers came to fruition earlier this year, when doctors announced that Brittany’s cancer was in remission.

With Brittany now cancer free, members of the Magno family needed to turn their attention to the things that had taken a backseat during her treatment, like maintenance on their Canyon Country home.

They got a big lift Saturday, as employees and volunteers from Valencia’s A. Allbright Painting gave the Magno home a makeover as part of the company’s annual “Paint it Forward” charity event.

The event, now in its eighth year, asks A. Allbright customers and employees to help choose a deserving or needy family to receive a free paint job.

“We have something to give back and we can use our trade and our talents to be able to help another family,” said Josh Abramson, the president of A. Allbright.

And the Magno family certainly deserved the help, Abramson said.

“The hospital bills and the time away from work the family had to go through, they couldn’t afford to keep up the house as well,” Abramson said. “So we’re grateful for the opportunity to be able to come and help them by brightening their outlook and being able to give them a new exterior paint job.”

Members of the Magno family helped out with the painting Saturday, but they also took time to say how thankful they were.

“We knew we couldn’t afford this. We didn’t have the time, the money or the resources to get it done,” Elm Magno said. “It’s just been a blessing and we will be forever grateful.”

Now 18 and a recent high school graduate, Brittany Magno will have a few weeks to enjoy the new paint job until she moves on to the next chapter in her life. She plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall.

“It’s amazing, it’s a miracle,” Magno said of the support her family has received. “It is really just indescribable.”
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