Family’s chore-filled vacation helps others

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A couple whose son was diagnosed with a genetic disorder received a visit like no other Monday from a family on a chore-filled vacation.

The Murset family, from Arizona, is on a cross-country vacation that’s jam-packed with chores instead of sight-seeing.

Gregg Murset said at first it wasn’t the kind of vacation his six kids had in mind.

“They thought it was nuts,” Murset said. “Three teenagers, they thought, ugh.”

That was until they found out why and who they would be helping. Murset asked local charities to find a family dealing with an illness that needs a little extra help with chores.

Their list of chores, so far, includes washing windows at a few homes, hauling in wood at another and even fixing a ceiling fan for another family.

Their first stop was in Albuquerque where they met the Todd family.

“We washed and vacuumed the cars, swept the porch,” Sierra Murset said.

Lisa Todd said this month she found out that the Murset family was on the way to clean up what she couldn’t.

“They got here at 8:00 a.m. ready to go,” Todd said.

Todd’s son Jack is diagnosed with Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) which is a genetic disease.

“It causes issues with everything you can think of,” Todd said. “There’s brain disease, eye disease, hearing loss.”

She said a lot of their time is spent at the hospital. That means other things, like washing windows, are low on their priority list.

“Yeah, I don’t think they ever washed those windows before,” Jack Todd said.

Monday morning, it was near the top of the list. The Murset kids, from the youngest to the oldest, jumped into action.

Todd’s house is their first stop of 25 in about 20 days.

“We’re going to one family in Kansas City with a little boy who’s had cancer,” Murset said.

Monday night the Murset family of eight loaded up into their RV and hit the road. While their sleeping arrangements might be a little crammed, they said it’s worth it.

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