Softball tournament fundraiser held for ETX mom battling breast cancer
Jackie Adams has been battling cancer for six years. (Source: KLTV Staff)
Friends sold "Team Jackie" merchandise to raise money for her cancer treatments. (Source: KLTV Staff)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
A single mother of five, who is battling breast cancer, is getting support from her community. Friends and family members organized a second annual softball tournament to benefit Jackie Adams of Chapel Hill.
“Several of my friends just really stepped up and they organized this whole thing and this whole fund that they've set up for me,” said Adams.
She was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer while she was pregnant in 2008.
“I was induced, had her, and then the next week I started going to my doctors' appointments and started chemo,” she said.
Jackie says nothing could have prepared her for the journey ahead.
“Nobody plans for this kind of thing to happen and especially in your thirties, you really don't plan for it to happen. You go about life, raising your kids and all of a sudden you lose all your income because you got cancer. You don't see it coming at all,” she said.
She says her five children mean giving up is not an option.
“Being able to be here for my kids is the best. That's all I want,” she said.
Friends pitched in by starting a softball tournament to raise money for Jackie’s treatments.
“I know it was greatly appreciated and I know that it's kept her alive for the past year and I know her kids had a great Christmas because of what we did last year. I'm hoping to do the same thing this year,” said Casey Bixby, one of the tournament organizers.
Jackie says the support from family, friends, and even strangers keeps her positive as she continues to fight.
“We're able to go through a year of my treatments and that's another year I get to spend with my kids. You can't put a price on that. It's just amazing and I thank god for them,” she said.