Local family faces breast cancer, financial challenges together

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 10/06/2013 9:37 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- More than 4,000 people got up before the sun this morning to support the fight against breast cancer at the 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Reno. One of those local families is facing crippling financial challenges and they're turning to the internet for help.

"I didn't think I'd get it a second time" Wendy Fisher said.

Fisher is fighting round two against breast cancer, more than two decades after her first diagnosis.

So her family organized a team at this year's Race for the Cure.

"My mom and I have been talking about doing this for years and we never have, and as soon as she was diagnosed again I knew that we had to do this," said Nikkie Jackson, Wendy's daughter.

Wendy said seeing the 4,200 survivors, friends and family members at the event is inspiring.

"The support, it's just amazing," Wendy said.

Support they need because they're facing financial hardship on top of  Wendy's diagnosis.

Mark, her husband of nearly 35 years, lost a job he held for three decades and they've been struggling to stay afloat since.

"You kind of wonder how the human spirit can actually withstand as much as what's been thrown at us," Mark Fisher said.

Susan G. Komen Northern Nevada Executive Director Niki Patin said the Fishers aren't alone.

"Imagine being given a breast cancer diagnosis and then, for so many of these women, their first thought is how in the world am I going to be able to pay for treatment," Patin said.

Mark and Wendy's family is trying to help them find a way.

"Everybody's pulled together and really been supportive," Mark said.

"My sister-in-law actually started a fundraiser," Nikkie said.

It's through Giveforward.com. The page tells Wendy's story of not one, but two bouts of cancer, and lists a fundraising goal of $10 thousand.

Their efforts leave Wendy at a loss for words.

"I could not do this without them," Wendy said.

Nikkie said seeing the survivors at Race for the Cure gives her hope.

"She beat it once. She's going to beat it again," Nikkie said. "She's a small, tiny lady but she's a fighter. So she'll beat it again."

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