Daughter's memory preserved through cancer charity

Linda Hurtado reports

- The Magill-Parker family busily moves around their kitchen. There are six kids, but one person is missing from all of their energetic action: mom, Donna.

A diagnosis of breast cancer two years ago slammed her into a new reality.

"I have metastatic breast cancer. It has traveled to my bones. Sometimes it's hard to walk or move around," Donna explained.

Her kids, all teens, have teenage needs - phones, computers, cars - but the cost of cancer is leaving their family table lean. Just one of Donna's prescriptions costs $13,000 a month.

"It's definitely a financial burden. You don't realize till you start getting into it," she explained. "It gets a little scary. I don't know what my prognosis is going to be. There is no crystal ball." 

Meanwhile, Denise Haynes and her husband Donald want to help women like Donna. Denise's heart is in the right place. She lost her 30-year-old daughter, Kady to metastatic breast cancer.

"The only thing she said to me about dying was, 'Mom, I just don't want to be forgotten,'" Denise explained.

While Kady was alive, she supported charities that gave Christmas gifts to foster kids, and after her own diagnosis, Kady turned her attention to children of women with metastatic breast cancer. 

After Kady's death, her mother founded The Kady Haynes Beauty for Ashes, a non-profit dedicated to continuing her daughter's work ,and to fulfill her promise that Kady would not be forgotten.

Denise explained, "For me, it's two-fold: Kady had already been doing that for so many years. Also, because when your diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer, you've been given a death sentence. You may have one to three years, but Christmas should be a time of joy. You shouldn't have to worry about paying for a $300 medication or buying your child Christmas gifts. So, it's one day a year we relieve a small burden from these families, and let them wake up and enjoy each other."

Denise hopes to help the Magill-Parker family this Christmas. She found them and others through Moffitt Cancer Center, which helps pinpoint families with a real need. Denise's non-profit operates solely on the generosity and good will of other people. She says 100-percent of the money received goes towards buying Christmas gifts for families. If you'd like to help, visit https://www.facebook.com/thekadyhaynesproject/ or http://www.thekadyhaynesproject.org/p/please-use-form-below-to-contact-me.html.

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