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Family celebrates what could be mom's last Mother's Day


Families across the area were celebrating Mother's Day Sunday.  But for one family it was a difficult holiday, it could be the last one their mom is here for.

A cupcake bouquet, a heart mobile, a paper about mom.  All normal gifts kids make their mom for mother's day.  But if you look closer at that paper there's something not so normal.  There's an question, "If you could give your mom anything in the world, what would it be?" And an extraordinary answer, "the cure for cancer."

"I have stage 4, stage 4 cancer," said Kelly Martindale.  The mom of four was diagnosed with Kidney cancer in 2011.  It's now spread and in April, "they gave me two to six months," said Martindale.  That's two to six months to live.  So this Mother's Day could be her last.  "I feel like it's my last everything," said Martindale.

That realization is sad and scary.  "It's hard knowing that you're not gonna be at your daughters first wedding," said Martindale.  So now she spends all her time with her kids and family. 

Martindale's son, Joseph Fisher said, "I like to try and spend as much time as possible with her and treat her really nice."  And her daughter Lille Barfell said, "we lay on the bed together and watch TV."

On this Mother's Day Kelly's own mom is cherishing every moment too.  "I'm afraid this'll be the last one I have with her...she's my only daughter," said Jane Nickles.  And she's saving all the memories of her daughter.  "How beautiful she was, how she never met a stranger."

Another mom in all of this, the stepmother to Kelly's five year old daughter Lillie, also wants to carry on Kelly's Legacy.  "Anything that her mom would do for her is what I want to do for her," said Rhonda Barfell.

For now they all just want more time.  And they have a message for all the other moms and kids out there.  "spend time with your children, every minute you can," said Martindale.  Her son Joseph said, "it's really important to see your mom everyday."

Kelly is staying optimistic.  She tells us everyday is a fight to be here but it's worth it to be with her kids.  The next big event is getting to see her daughter twirl baton in an upcoming Memorial Day parade.

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