LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Most of us are counting our blessings and preparing for big meals and lots of laughter with family. In the midst of all this joy we all know some someone who is dealing with some pretty big bills and some even bigger battles.
This week we were asked to Pass the Cash to a mother and daughter who have the faith they need to overcome just about anything but it's the money they need to make it that's lacking.
It was a nomination form from wave3.com that took us to east Louisville. Hope Emery called us to help her co-worker, Veronica, do all she could to support her daughter Eboney.
"Six years ago her daughter was diagnosed with a type of cancer that's a rare type of cancer that they usually find in children," Hope said.
At the age of 24 Veronica's daughter was diagnosed with DIPG, a highly aggressive brain tumor. After surgery, chemo and radiation Eboney went into remission.
"Well sometimes between the five year and the five-and-a-half-year mark Eboney started having symptoms," Hope said.
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The tumor was back and now the family is fighting once again with all they have - and it will take a lot. A lot of treatments, a lot of support and a lot of money.
"Eboney can't work cause she's disabled so she tries to help her where ever she can," Hope said.
We could help by passing the cash. We had $300 from WAVE 3 News, an extra anonymous $100 donation and $154 collected from Veronica's co-workers who nominated her.
When we saw Veronica she was surprised to see us. We were actually kind of surprised to see her too, so we started with an explanation.
Veronica said she had heard about Pass the Cash but she just didn't seem to believe it was happening to her.
"I've got some cash for you to try to help you with everything. You've been through," Hope said.
Eboney has a tough road ahead of her but Veronica said, "She's got faith. God's gonna make a miracle. She's gonna be OK."
The hardest part for Veronica is watching the struggle.
"Not talking anymore and she's very weak walking, barely can even walk. So it's just really, really hard," she said.
But Eboney won't give up and neither will her Mom.
"She's got a scholarship. She's getting her PHD. She's trying to do that online," Veronica said. "It's just a blessing just to have her faith to keep going."
Holding on to faith and the cash we passed.
"Oh my gosh," Veronica said, "I'm just kinda shocked right now. Oh gosh thank you all."
Since 2011, WAVE 3 News has given away thousands of dollars to worthy recipients in our Pass the Cash segment. Click here to tell us about a Kentuckiana family or individual who you believe deserves a special gift of $300. (Be sure you are registered on wave3.com.) You cannot nominate yourself or a family member.