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When Jon and Elisa Storke met 10 years ago, they had no idea what was in store for their future. But they certainly didn't expect this. "The CT scan showed masses had spread throughout out my whole body. My brain, my lungs, my liver, my adrenal glands and then of course all up and down my spine. My bone. My blood," says Elisa.

33-year-old Elisa is talking specifically about melanoma cancer that has spread all over her body. Three months after giving birth to baby Dylan, Elisa bent over to pick him up and heard her back snap. Tumors were so widespread they were literally cracking her vertebrae. She's currently on chemotherapy and likely will be for the rest of her life. "I'm just hopeful that they will find more treatments that will prolong my life as long as possible so I can watch my son grow up. I don't want to miss any milestones in his life and we fought really hard to conceive him so I'm going to fight really hard to raise him as well."

For now, grandmas are helping care for Dylan. Jon's mom helps out Wednesday through Sunday and Elisa's mom cares for the family Sunday through Wednesday. They are thankful for family and community support. Several businesses and organizations have had fundraiser for the Storkes. And Elisa has a strong message to all of us about being on top of our own health. "I wish I would have been more of an advocate for myself 'cause I knew something was wrong. I kept saying 'ok, maybe they're right, I'm just being dramatic.' But your body is going to tell you."

This Saturday, January 25th, Mayberry Athletic Center will host a fun team fitness challenge to raise money for the Storkes. To register, go to http://answerthecallforlife.com/

You can also donate on these sites:

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-elisa-beat-cancer-elisa-s-angels-/120594

https://www.facebook.com/ElisasAngels

Written By Wendy Damonte

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