SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – A young Springfield couple is looking for support after they were both diagnosed with cancer just months a part.
Haylee Hardin and Jacob Garcia have been dating for three years. But they've already been through more than many couples twice their age. It came as quite a shock in October of last year, when Garcia, just 26-years-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Just two months later, Hardin found out she had breast cancer.
"There's definitely times of frustration where it feels like how can this happen,” said Hardin. “How is this fair, how did this happen, what could cause this to happen because statistically that's just really insane."
Hardin is currently going through radiation and chemotherapy paid for by Medicaid, and Jacob had surgery and is in remission.
But they're concerned his cancer could be coming back, because he's showing symptoms doctors warned him about. Hardin said since he doesn't have health insurance, he hasn't been back to the doctor, and they're struggling to keep up with their mounting medical bills.
They're hoping a GoFundMe page will help lessen the financial burden. So, they have a fighting chance as they move forward.
"It's already gotten so much support,” said Hardin. “We've been completely overwhelmed with it. I'm trying to keep up on thanking everyone, because it's so amazing and I didn't think we would get that much support, it's amazing.”
If you’d like to donate to Hardin and Garcia’s GoFundMe page click here.