Community rallies around single mom with cancer - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Community rallies around single mom with cancer

Jackie and her twins (Source: Facebook event group) Jackie and her twins (Source: Facebook event group)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The town of Chapel Hill is refusing to let one of its own fight alone.

Jackie Adams, age 37, is a single mother of five battling stage four breast cancer.

She was first diagnosed at the age of thirty-two while pregnant with her third baby.

Former classmates, neighbors, and strangers have organized a softball tournament and raffle, this Saturday, to help raise money for Jackie and her kids.

It was supposed to be a happy moment, a moment that a mother sees her baby, but what Jackie Adams saw on her screen was not what she'd hoped.

"You know, my tummy's rumbling around and wobbling around on the table and here they are doing an ultrasound on my breasts and there's a huge lump in it," Adams said.

She was told she had a 20 percent chance of survival for the first five years.

"I was shocked, you know, I was 32 years old and fixing to have my third child," she said.

She beat it, but three years later, at 35, Jackie went back to the doctor with back pain.

That's when they told her the cancer had spread to her bones, but something else surprised her more.

"Then she said, the other thing I want to talk to you about is you're pregnant with twins," she said.

During the pregnancy she couldn't tell morning sickness from the side effects of chemotherapy.

"You just pray that God will give you the strength to get through it and He did, He gave me five reasons to get through it," he said.

The kids know mom is sick, "they put her on homiss…thing…err…well anyways," Cole Hinshaw, her son said, trying to pronounce the name of her medicine.

The idea that mom might not be here someday is simply not an option.

"'Cause I don't think I'll ever resign myself to that I'm giving up, that I'm through fighting," she said.

And she's not alone; her five little helpers are with her every step of the way.

"Dang, she's really sick and not feeling good, so I try to help her as much as I can," Cole said.

And now, the community is stepping in, since Jackie's insurance only pays 80 percent of her medical costs.

"We posted up flyers, hit Facebook, started handing out flyers, and it just blew up," Matt Buchanan, a fundraiser coordinator, said.

The softball game will take place at Lindsey Park this Saturday and all proceeds will go to combatting Jackie's mounting medical costs.

"And everybody helps her, and at church they pray for her, and yeah, I think she'll make it through," Cole said.

And help, they do. The softball tournament is planned to be an annual event so the community can keep on helping.

The Facebook group for the event has more than 400 attending members and so far local businesses have donated more than $600 dollars in products and services.

It costs $200 per team to play and there are eight confirmed teams.

Organizers say they will rent out more fields to make room if more sign up.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:31:56 GMT

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>
  • David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    David: Showers and storms ongoing across the Valley

    Saturday, March 25 2017 5:50 PM EDT2017-03-25 21:50:37 GMT

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>

    Showers and storms will be ongoing across the Valley this evening. The most widespread rain will be over northeastern AL, but additional scattered storms will track into the Shoals from the west. That round of stormy weather will head east with time and should be out of the Valley after midnight. The threat for severe storms is low, but a few strong storms are possible. 

    More >>
  • New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    New details released in Guntersville double shooting

    Saturday, March 25 2017 2:07 PM EDT2017-03-25 18:07:30 GMT
    Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)Guntersville police say two people were shot at this mobile home area on Edmonds Road. (Source: WAFF)

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>

    The Guntersville Police Department have released news details on a double shooting late Friday afternoon that left one man dead.

    The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m., when police from multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a 911 call reporting two people had been shot on Edmonds Road.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly