A man known for helping others through lawn care made his way to the Coast to kick-start his latest initiative. News 25’s Grant Chighizola has more on “Mowing for a Cure.”
Mowing lawns in all 50 states over the course of a month? It may seem like a tall task, but for Rodney Smith Jr. of Huntsville, Alabama, it’s more than a job.
Smith received his inspiration for helping others in 2015 after watching an older man struggle to mow his lawn, “Back in 2015, I came across an elderly man mowing his lawn, it looked like he was struggling, so I pulled over and helped him out, and then I decided I would start mowing free lawns in Huntsville, Alabama.”
‘Mowing for a Cure’ is just the latest nationwide tour Smith has undertaken to help people and families affected by breast cancer, and it kicked off at the Deep South Turf Expo in Biloxi.
“I’m looking for people who have breast cancer, survivors of breast cancer, those who have lost loved ones to breast cancer to come out and mow a strip of grass with me, sign my lawnmower and share their story,” said Smith.
Not only does his lawn care help those struggling with breast cancer, but all proceeds raised during his trek across the U.S. will go to help ‘My Hope Chest’ an organization dedicated to helping breast cancer survivors around the country undergo reconstruction surgery.
Smith’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Toro has donated equipment to him in the past. At Deep South Turf Expo, Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation gifted him an electric weed eater in recognition of his work.
Andy Cook, a representative from the turf and irrigation business said, “as the distributor for Toro in the area, we wanted to kick in and support him.”
The tour that began in Biloxi now moves on to Louisiana and Texas on Thursday.
Smith said the support he’s seen in the community makes it worthwhile, “with doing all these tours and helping all these people, I’m able to return support, so when people see me doing good they support the organization, which allows us to help more kids and more people out.”
For more information on Smith’s Mission, visit his website