LIMA — Stacey, not her real name, is a single mother to four boys and has been the sole caretaker of her mother, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in May.
Her mother, Cindy, 56, is on medicine and was in the hospital in September. She does not want to do chemotherapy as it saw how it affected her own mother. Stacey, 33, had to quit her job at a nursing home as a nurse’s aid to help care for her mother.
Cindy got out of the hospital in November and returned home.
“She loves her grandkids and being around them. It saddens me when she is weak,” Stacey said.
Stacey said her mother always puts herself before others and loves to volunteer at soup kitchens. She instills the importance of helping others in her grandchildren. Cindy was also a nurse’s aid before she got sick but is now at home, and nurses help take care of her.
“My mom is the most humble person you would ever meet, and if she saw something you needed she would give up her last dollar,” Stacey said. Cindy taught her family to keep their hopes high and believe in God that everything will work out, Stacey said.
She said even though Cindy has struggled with health concerns, she always has a smile on her face and hasn’t let it get her down.
On top of cooking for her mother and taking her to doctor’s appointments, Stacey cares for her four sons, 15, 13, 10 and 6, who all could use assistance from the Adopt a Stocking program this year.
The 15-year-old, Sam, wears a size 36 to 38 pants and extra-large shirts and likes basketball. The 13-year-old, Sean, wears a size 16 to 18 in pants and large shirt and likes basketball and video games. The 10-year-old Steven is a 12 in pants and size 10 to 12 in shirts and likes football. The 6-year-old Mason wears a size 8 to 10 in pants and size small and medium in shirts and likes soccer. The boys also could use comforters for their twin beds for the winter.
“It would mean everything to see a smile on the boys’ faces. That would bring me joy,” Stacey said.
“Knowing there are people out there who want to help others goes a long way.”
Stacey will cook a meal for Christmas. They like to eat food and watch Christmas movies and drive around to see Christmas lights. They will have Cindy over for a Christmas breakfast and dinner. That is a family tradition.
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