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Community supports local woman in second fight against cancer

CHENANGO FORKS (WBNG) — A community is rallying together to help a local woman fighting cancer for the second time.

Kerri Hamilton is usually the one giving back, which is why she says she’s so thankful for the support.

Hamilton’s fight hits close to home, she is a mother of three, a volunteer firefighter with Chenango Bridge, and a cancer survivor.

Hamilton said, “About two years ago I ended up getting breast cancer. I beat it but unfortunately it’s back and now its actually in my bone. I plan on beating it, and I’m going to keep smiling cause that’s what I keep telling people, just keep smiling…because someone’s day might be worse than yours”

After Hamilton was diagnosed with cancer for the second time her friends at Kidz Kingdom wanted to help.

Owner Liya Struchen said, “I know she’s struggling I know its very difficult with just one child and she’s got three so I know how much she’s been through and I just want to support her.”

Struchen is putting on a fundraiser to help Hamilton with her expenses, saying “we know the struggle of cancer and we know she’s a mom with a huge heart and loves her kids and we just want to help her and encourage her and cheer her on.”

Cancer is a sickness that for Hamilton that hits close to home.

“My twin sister just passed away from cancer and we just put her to rest and now I’m fighting the fight again,” Hamilton said it’s “for my Mom, because she can’t lose both of us, and I have three beautiful girls and thank for the forks family and everyone out there they’re just amazing.”

The fundraiser at Kidz Kingdom is Oct. 4. Tickets are 10 dollars per person.

Chloe Vincente

Chloe Vincente is an Evening News Anchor at 12 News.

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