Mother with terminal breast cancer gets to see daughter perform
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It was not a scheduled performance for the Pleasure Ridge Park choir, but students and faculty know the music sang Wednesday will probably be one of the most memorable performances ever.
The performance in the schools Fine Arts Theater may also be the most important show Maddie Loney, a junior at Pleasure Ridge Park High School, will ever do.
"Every moment I spend with her means the world to me," Maddie said.
Maddie's mother, Elaine Loney is coming to the end of her young life after a long battle with breast cancer.
"Seeing her go through this with all the cancer and stuff it's the worst thing," Maddie said.
It has been a tough time for the whole family, slowly watching the mother, wife and friend they know lose a little of herself each day.
"This is terminal and there's nothing they can do about it," Maddie's father, Allan Loney, said.
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Maybe there's nothing the doctors can do, but Elaine won't quit.
"I love her so much," Maddie said. "She's my rock."
"She's got a strong will to live," Allan said.
Elaine is under the care of Hosparus. Their promise to provide the best quality life possible until the end of life. Robin King Hollobaugh Elaine's Hosparus nurse, knew that included helping Elaine see her daughter perform one more time.
"This is one of her last goals. This is her dream," Hollobaugh said.
After a lot of work and coordination it was a dream come true.
"Being able to have her here means absolutely the world to me. I'm never gonna forget this moment," Maddie said.
Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it's the moments that take your breath away.
For Elaine Loney and her family this moment was truly breathtaking.
"She's the absolute world to me. She's the strongest person I know," Maddie said.
"She's always smiling. Smiling no matter what she's going through. She's always smiling," Allan said.
Allan said his wife had a list of celebrations she just didn't want to miss, like his birthday and a chance to see their daughter sing again. Sunday will be the couples 24th Anniversary. He believes she is fighting for one more chance to celebrate that day one more time.
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