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Fogarty kids come together to help out mom

The traditional family roles have switched slightly for the Fogarty family, with the three children coming together to help take care of mom Brenda.
In 2014, Brenda Fogarty was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Though she has made it through the brunt of her treatment, Brenda is still going in for scans and, now, dealing with the bills.
Jessica, Felicia and Colin, Brenda’s three children, have stepped in to try to alleviate some of the financial costs. The three put together a benefit for Brenda, complete with a pancake breakfast and silent auction, that will be held on Sunday, May 1, at 8 a.m., in the Silver Lake Auditorium. All are invited.
The three have seen first-hand how fighting uterine cancer has affected Brenda and her husband Pat, both physically and financially. Brenda was first diagnosed in June 2014, the day before her birthday. Though they knew something was going on, all three children were shocked to find out it was cancer.
“I didn’t think she was serious,” Jessica said. “It was pretty startling because it doesn’t run in the family.”
“It was not something that we expected,” Colin added. “I don’t know if you ever do.”
After being diagnosed, Brenda underwent a hysterectomy, three rounds of chemotherapy and three rounds of radiation. She developed complications from the first round of chemotherapy and had to go back and do it all again.
“It was a real whirlwind,” Jessica said.
Now Brenda goes in once every three months to undergo scanning that requires a Barium mixture. With the previous treatments and current appointments, Jessica said the bills began to add up.
After seeing just how often Pat and Brenda got bills sent to the house, Jessica approached her siblings about doing something to help.
“I constantly saw it and I knew that is was becoming a struggle so I said we should probably do something to help pay those bills a little bit,” Jessica said.
Brenda’s children said they could tell Brenda stresses over the bills.
“You could see in her face and the way she was acting, it was starting to get way too stressful for them,” Colin said. “We needed to do something.”

For more, see the April 27 print edition of The Chronicle.