Not every story at the Chili Bowl has a sad ending. Nancy, this year’s other recipient, and her doctors have managed to stabilize the spread of her cancer. Diagnosed and treated for a breast tumor in 2002, the disease returned in a new form six years later. Malignant cells have spread through almost her entire body, yet she perseveres.
“I have terminal cancer so I will either die with it or die from it. But it’s going to be with me,” Nancy said. “The only thing I can say is just stay positive.”
Money raised from the event will most likely go toward a family vacation so she can spend time with her husband and two school-aged daughters. But the fundraiser also has allowed her to emotionally open up to her friends and loved ones and let some of her deeper thoughts be known.
“You never, ever know what’s coming around the corner. There might be some new medical drug that can prolong your life a little bit longer,” Nancy said. “And if not, you just have to make a list of what you want to do, what you want to accomplish.”
Even with these and other obstacles placed in front of her, Nancy continues to not let cancer rule her life.
“Everyone has their own struggles,” Nancy added. “They all have their own tragedies. Mine just happens to be this.”