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Plumbers surprise kidney disease sufferer with free home remodel

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It's been a tough time for Austin's Becky Josephson, who has been battling late-stage kidney disease and is about to start dialysis as she awaits a transplant.

But she was given a lift on Friday by Dexter-based company T'NG Plumbing, which selected her family as this year's winner of its "Pay It Forward" contest – and gave their home a $40,000 remodel.

The competition only promises a new bathroom for the winner, by T'NG went above and beyond to give the Josephson's 1980s home a long-awaited refresh and deep clean, following donations from numerous local companies, according to ABC 6.

As well as gutting and replacing their aging bathroom, T'NG and its team of volunteers brought the family new bedding, carpet, kitchen flooring, a water softener/heater, before painting the walls and cleaning the property.

T'NG has shared "before and after" pictures of the remodel on its Facebook page. Here's a look at some of them.

It's the third year of T'NG's "Pay It Forward," contest, which is open to residents of Mower County and asks people to nominate those in need by submitting an essay on their behalf along with a photo of their bathroom.

According to Plumber Mag, Todd and Gina Grundmeier started T'NG after losing their home and possessions in a house fire in 2010, deciding to "take the plunge" and start their own business.

They started Pay It Forward to thank the community after the company was named "Business of the Year" by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and 2014, and the Josephsons – who were nominated by their son Dustin and his wife Megan – were fitting recipients of this year's award.

The magazine notes that not only is 57-year-old Becky Josephson suffering from kidney disease, her 62-year-old husband Gary has debilitating arthritis that has resulted in limited hand function.

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