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Miracles of Mitch Foundation helps Deer Creek family with twins fighting cancer

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A Minnesota family was struggling to pay the bills while both of their newborn twins battle cancer, but a local foundation lent a helping hand that is keeping the family afloat.

The Maloney twins have spent the past three months in Minneapolis, which is where their mother cares for them and where their father travels three hours to and from work.

Every month, the Miracles of Mitch Foundation makes it a mission to ease the pain of families by paying off their bills or offering help in other ways. In this case, the group literally saved the young couple's home.

For many mothers of identical twins, it can be touch to tell the two apart.

"As they got older, they look more and more alike," Lynsey Maloney said.

For Maloney, however, the biggest challenge has been coming to terms with the fact that doctors found a mass in Jace and lesions in Gage's liver just days after the two were born. Both began chemotherapy at just 10 days old at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.

"Sometimes, I feel like it's not real," Maloney admitted.

For three months, the Ronald McDonald House has become home while the twins get their treatment. Yet, although it's rent-free, the Maloneys still have all the bills at home, which is 3 hours away in Deer Creek.

Maloney's husband builds boats for a living, but he took time off to be with his babies.

"The first two weeks, he didn't work at all," she said. "He doesn't have any vacation left either, of course, so that was all unpaid."

That meant the mortgage went unpaid.

"We were on the verge of losing our house," Maloney told Fox 9 News.

That's when Marissa Conrad and the Miracles of Mitch Foundation came in.

"Took a load off our back, that's for sure," Maloney remarked.

The organization was created in memory of Mitch Chepokas, who -- before he lost his own cancer battle at age 9 -- asked his father to continue helping kids with cancer and their families by providing support.

"We're happy to do it," Conrad said. "We help as many families as we can."

The foundation not only paid off the family's two months of missed mortgage payments, but they also paid an extra two months ahead to allow the new parents to continue focusing on the twins and their treatment.

"Now that our house is paid for a couple months, it's like, 'Okay, we don't have to worry about that; let's just worry about the babes,'" Maloney said.

Keeping the house is certainly good news, but knowing that the cancer is 90 percent survivable is better. Malone says her children are now halfway through their treatment and she hopes they will one day be cancer-free.

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