An Upstate mother of three has braved two battles with disease — not for her, but her family.
Two of Angela Stansell’s children have been diagnosed with cancer.
When her oldest daughter, Camryn, was just 8-months-old, she noticed something alarming while feeding her.
“It was hard. I could feel a mass in her belly,” Stansell described.
It was neuroblastoma, a cancer which usually targets children five or younger.
Surgeries were successful for Camryn. She’s now 16, a junior at Powdersville High School, and cancer free.
Not too long after Camryn was given the good news, Stansell’s other daughter started suffering from intense headaches.
“I couldn’t do any work. I couldn’t focus. I would just sit with my head down,” said Emily Stansell.
The day after Christmas, in 2012, she was diagnosed with anaplastic medulloblastoma, a brain tumor.
Emily was in sixth grade and just 11 years old.
After undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, Emily also pulled through.
Now, she’s 14 and is considered NED (no evidence of disease). She undergoes MRIs and clinic visits every three months.
After the second diagnosis, Angela Stansell said she felt compelled to help others.
“I just felt that God was sending me a message that it was time for me to do something,” she explained.
The family started a ministry called ‘Project Golden Hope.’
The project gives large bags, filled with everything from toys and toiletries, to kids who have just been diagnosed with cancer.
The bags are designated for boys and girls of all age groups — from infant to teen.
They also include information to help families in need, based on their personal experience.
“I hope they feel hope and I hope they realize someone else cares about what they’re going through,” said Camryn Stansell.
To help with donations or learn more, click here for Project Golden Hope’s Facebook page.
You can also donate, here through GoFundMe.