NH Cancer Patient, 11, Grateful for the Help

Lauren Collins, NECN, Nashua, N.H.

“Cancer treatment involves a lot more than you think. It’s not just swallowing pills,” says a very mature Stacey Lacroix. “Sometimes everything doesn’t go as the doctor plans.”

A life changing diagnosis helps put things in perspective, even when you’re 11 years old.

“(I) just love to thank all the people who’ve been praying for me all these months,” she said.

Stacey Lacroix and her mom Lillybeth, that circle of support got bigger Tuesday when the group Cops for Kids with Cancer presented them with a $5,000 check.

“When someone has cancer,” says the group’s chairman, Bob Faherty, “Everyone tries to do the cure, to cure cancer, but the families are forgotten.”

Stacey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last June. In October, her mom lost her job. Just before Christmas the group Lucy’s Love Bus, which was helping provide Stacey therapy, contacted Nashua police to see if they could help the family.

Not only did Cops for Kids with Cancer step up to cover bills and basic needs, the department’s patrolmen’s and supervisors’ unions donated cash and gifts for the holidays. If all goes well, Stacey, with her megawatt smile and infectious personality, will get to start sixth grade next month.

“Every day we eat, we pay mortgage, we do everything,” says Lillybeth. “I still don’t know how we do it and I just want to thank all my angels out there.”