VIDEO REPORT: Four Teens Lose Mother To Cancer, Need More Help

By: Chris Woodard Email
By: Chris Woodard Email

POSTED: Monday, October 29, 2012 --- 4:51 p.m.

It's often said, a parent should never have to bury their child.

But when you are just a child yourself, it is no easier burying a parent.

13-year-old Amara Green says, "My mom, she was my best friend and helped me get through tough times."

Amara and her three brothers lost their mother to cancer two weeks ago.

Her 14-year-old brother Nathan says, "You need to cry. You can't just hold your emotions in."

Martha Green was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001. Her oldest son was only 5-years-old at the time.

Today Gavin is 16.

He says, "She was really outgoing, beautiful smile."

Through the years, as hard as it must have been, Martha did what she could to prepare her children for her death.

Gavin says, "She would talk with us about what was happening, how far she was into the cancer."

But no amount of preparation could ease the pain when the cancer began spreading to her liver and lungs.

There were a few last trips to watch Gavin play football, a few last moments.

Gavin says, "It happened so fast."

Then two weeks ago, it was over.

Amara says, "The toughest part is knowing she's not there and she's not going to do things for us anymore."

This family is now down to a team of five.

Their father, Martha's ex-husband Andre, says, "A higher power, greater than myself, called her away sooner than I thought."

But the family still isn't together.

The kids are staying with their aunt because their dad doesn't have his own place or the cash saved up yet to get one.

He moved back to Madison from Milwaukee a month ago. He says he's been living with a friend and working to save money so he could get a place big enough for himself and all four kids.

The Boys and Girls Club is looking for your help in bringing the family together.

CEO Michael Johnson says, "We're one big family here at the
Boys and Girls Clubs."

The club is spearheading an effort to raise money to get the family a place to stay.

Nathan says, "He's our only parent left so we all need to stick together
for him to help us."

Andre says, "For him to help us, it really means a lot."

The money will also help take care of some basic needs.

Gavin says, "It means everything because without this I think we'd be kind of lost."

Amara says, "I know that we are starting to get low on money. The past two weeks I've felt stress because I've been worrying about where we're going to live and stuff and how we're going to do without my mom."

The dirt is still fresh on their mothers grave, the pain still fresh in their hearts. These teens are leaning on the only parent they have left.

Marquez says, "We're going to stay close."

They're thankful at just the thought others want to help them.

Nathan says, "They didn't have to do this and they did it."

Both the teens and their father are quick to point out how grateful they are to the aunt who the kids are staying with right now.

If you'd like to help donations can be mailed or taken to:

Boys and Girls Club of Dane County Crisis Fund
c/o Green Family Fund
2001 Taft Street
Madison, WI 53713

Online donations can be made at the following web address, just specify the donation is for the Green Family Fund: http://www.bgcdc.org/get-involved/donate/


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