Community rallies behind local mother of seven battling cancer

Published 02/09 2014 11:39PM

Updated 02/09 2014 11:52PM

Liverpool (WSYR-TV) -- A Central New York mother is fighting to stay alive after being diagnosed with stage-2 breast cancer last year.

As Stacy Haley battles chemotherapy, she's also taking care of her seven children, five of whom are adopted from Ethiopia.

Some of Stacy's friends held a benefit for her Sunday night to offset medical costs.

Stacy says she still remembers the day she hear the news.

"Shock. I couldn't believe it was happening. I had just had open heart surgery a few months before that," said Stacy.

Since then, Stacy's had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. She tries to stay positive but the medical expenses are adding up.

"With me and the kids, I live paycheck to paycheck," said Stacy.

That's why some of her friends came together to hold a benefit in her honor.

"She's just such a good person with such a good heart, shes always there for us. She wouldn't ask for this but she accepted it, and she accepted it graciously and I'm very happy she did," says Tami Scott, benefit organizer.

Despite everything she's going through, Stacy says its her friends and family that give her strength to keep on fighting.

"I'm not a person that wants to be depressed. You make the best out of life while you have it," says Stacy.

Stacy's children say they cherish every day they have with their mom, and this benefit means a lot to them.

"It's really nice to see because shes actually happy. It seems like a huge family out there right now and everyone's just having a good time," says Paige Haley, Stacy's 16-year-old daughter.

"Just this support, my co-workers, my friends since grade school driving 2.5 hours to to see me today, it's pretty incredible," says Stacy.

Stacy is now undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments, but her children say the hardest part is over.

"She's won the battle, we just gotta go the extra step, we're almost there," says Paige.

Seventy people came out to Stacy's benefit Sunday night. Organizers say they raised more than $2,000 for Stacy and her family.

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