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Nicole (Nikki) Watkins, received the news on 4/19/16 that she too has the same breast cancer that her sister-in-law, Mandy was diagnosed with. She went going thru chemo in the summer and fall of 2016 and will eventually have surgery. She is the mother to three girls-  Mackenzie,15, Charlie, 3, and Rylie, 2. She is married to Tommy and is a hairdresser but currently on leave. 

Huxley Williams was a 3-year-old brilliant boy with a DIPG cancerous brain tumor. 
     Huxley was a silly, brilliant boy. Before this began to affect him, he loved to zip through 36-piece puzzles, hit line drives without looking, kick soccer goals with Daddy, read bedtime books with his sister Chloe, helped Mommy make coffee every morning, and laughed at his little brother, Watson. He knew every kind of construction truck by heart, could count to 100, and loved to watch "So You Think You Can Dance" and "American Ninja Warrior". He had a truly unique mind for a 2-year old. 
     He was being treated by several alternative and integrative health doctors that the family was fortunate enough to connect with, and he was receiving a myriad of different natural and holistic treatments. None of these things were covered by traditional insurance. His mom and dad tried to work as much as possible while also spending every free minute either with him or with his siblings at home; this meant they were rarely at the same place at the same time. This also means Huxley misses Chloe and Watson dearly - our goal was to get him healthy enough to be off the ventilator and back home breathing freely with his family.

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My name is Angela Pascale.  I have a wonderful husband, Mark, and two children, Dominic and Olivia.  We have been proud residents of Milford for almost 13 years.  I am a baker and the owner of Sweetly Wild Cakes, Cupcakes and Confections, a home based business (for now).
I was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer on my birthday in June of this year.  I found my cancer through self exam.  I am undergoing chemotherapy right now, with surgery and radiation to follow in the coming months.  
I am a warrior, I am a survivor.  I have never ever doubted that I will beat cancer.  I have a strong support group filled with God, my family, my friends and my community.  I am ever so grateful.  Together, we are bigger than breast cancer.  Never give up, never surrender!

Mandy Dunn was diagnosed 10/20/14 with breast cancer. She endured chemo, radiation, and a double mastectomy. She was given a clean bill of health. On April 28, 2016 her breast cancer came back with a vengeance. What looked only as a small spot on Monday spread to her entire abdominal cavity, chest walls, lungs, brain bone, and muscles within a week and a half. Her doctors along with her family were and still are completely stunned. While Mandy was receiving this diagnosis, her sister in law, Nicole (Nikki) Watkins, received the news on 4/19/16 that she too has the same breast cancer that Mandy was diagnosed with. Both of these girls are young and have young families. They both worked and lived full lives prior to their diagnoses. This past June, 2016 Amanda lost her fight against breast cancer. We are deeply saddened by this news, yet, will forge ahead and continue to help her family in any way that we can. 

     Enrique Vinas was 52 years old when he lost his three year battle to Stage 4 Colon Cancer. He started his professional life as an English as a Second Language teacher in Uruguay, where he met and married Maria Claudia Lopez. Enrique and Claudia both spent their adult lives in education, helping English Language Learners become literate citizens and productive members of society. Enrique’s last job was at a career and technical institute where he helped people recently released from prison get their GEDs and learn computer skills so they could re-enter and become productive members of society and the work force.
     That long fight against the devastating disease called cancer has left the Vinas family in debt. Life insurance will only partially cover that debt. Fight for the Girls is raising money to help the family battle the financial side effects that are too often not realized. Those side effects can be some of the most devastating.To help Claudia and her family mourn, recover, and reach a “new normal” in a way that does not involve a lifetime of paying off the bills that cancer left behind, click the donate button on our homepage.

I have to start my story in the past in order for the true miracle of timing to be appreciated. I am the third woman in my immediate family to be diagnosed with invasive ductal breast cancer. None of us tested positive for the "breast cancer" gene. My mother passed away in 2002 leaving me as a new college graduate, my sister as a newly working woman, and my oldest brother newly wed.  She was only 51 years old and had been battling for 6 years after an initial diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer. It was a shock when my sister called me a few months after her second son was born and told me she too had breast cancer. She passed away this March on her 39th birthday after battling breast cancer for over 4 years. She left behind two young boys and a wonderful husband. Now me!  
I was pregnant with my youngest two when my sister was diagnosed. I then nursed my boy twin until he was nearly two. Once I was a few months out from weaning with no more pregnancies for me then it was my turn to focus on how I was not going to let breast cancer beat me. I found a wonderful breast specialist who was as serious as I was to beat this breast cancer curse. I started getting proactive testing done last summer with my first mammogram. Thankfully it was clear. This January, I moved to the next step and had an MRI done where they found a 9mm tumor. After a needle biopsy, we got the devastating news that cancer had hit our family again.  I have a wonderful team of doctors who listened to my history and my concerns and supported me in our plan of attack. In February, I had a double mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. In March, I started my 4 rounds of chemo.  My husband and five children have been wonderful through this whole process. My hope is that this will just be a small blip on their childhood and that all they remember is the time we have had together as a family.

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