Team of support behind parents with cancer

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ST. JOSEPH, Ill. (WCIA) — Lives were changed when a man and his wife were diagnosed with cancer within just a few months of each other.

It’s an almost unbelievable situation for the Short family. But they’re not letting it slow them down. Part of the reason they’re still going is because of their family’s favorite sport and the support of people who live in town. In one weekend, local moms collected about $2,000 in donations to help the family pay for treatment and anything else they needed.

The Short’s lives revolve around their kids and their favorite game. Tim Short says, “We’re a softball family. All three of our daughters have played softball.” He’s the coach of the Central Illinois Diamonds and his wife Amy supports them behind the scenes. But the last year has taken them in a different direction than expected. 

Tim Short says, “I was in for a routine annual physical and the doctor said you’re 50 years old let’s do a colonoscopy.” They found a mass that turned out to be cancerous. He had surgery and went through chemo, now he’s in the clear. But just months later, the unexpected happened again. 

“My wife woke up and had bad headaches a couple days in a row.” She had a brain tumor and was diagnosed with Glioblastoma.

Amy Short says, “There’s unfortunately no cure for it. So I’ve done radiation and chemo therapy.” Chemo is her treatment, but their family and softball is like their therapy. 

“Softball and sports, and their activities have gotten us through the day everyday.” 

On top of that, their friends and people in who live in St. Joseph have supported them in ways they never imagined. 

“It seems like every time you turn around somebody is sending a message or stopping by the house to be supportive.” 

“We’re just very grateful and thankful for the people we’ve met along the way.” 

Family friends created a website where people can help the shorts and they’re battle with cancer. If you want to check it out, click this link

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