I wrote about Hawkins and her daughter, Sarah Lien, on Aug. 16, 2010, in a column titled "Mother, daughter battling cancer."
Their friend and supporter, Sherri Pribble-Jones, said the current news isn't good.
"Many of you are aware of the battle this family has fought over many years," Pribble-Jones said. "Barb has been diagnosed with stage 4 incurable breast cancer."
Hawkins had breast cancer in 1994. She underwent a lumpectomy on her left breast followed by radiation and was cancer free for 14 years.
In 2008, she had another battle with breast cancer which resulted in a double mastectomy followed by chemotherapy. A few weeks after her completion of treatment and reconstructive surgery, her daughter, Sarah Lien, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.
"Sarah underwent chemotherapy, double mastectomy, radiation and reconstructive surgery," Pribble-Jones said. "Celebrating what was thought to be the end of their cancer journey, their family started talking about taking a family vacation to celebrate life and leave cancer behind."
Then the unthinkable happened. Hawkins found a lump on her left side and after surgery, the pathology report detected all nodes were positive and cancerous.
Hawkins will begin 16 weeks of chemotherapy starting in January, followed by radiation.
"Her prognosis is not good. The Hawkins family feels they need to exhaust every possibility in treatment to prolong Barb's life."
This family has suffered more than what most of us can even imagine, Pribble-Jones said. It is hard to comprehend their pain and suffering, they need our love and support, she said.
There is a fund, to send the family on a cruise, at any Key Bank under the name "Barbara Hawkins Cancer Fund."
For more information, call Sherri Pribble-Jones, 425-359-4424, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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They were hoping to raise $1,000 Saturday at the Lake Stickney Conservancy Bake Sale.
The baked goods must have been extra attractive.
They made $1,034 on that day.
Conservancy President Joyce Altaras said it's a much anticipated yearly sale.
"One hundred percent of the proceeds go to The Lake Stickney Conservancy in order to preserve the lake's west side wetlands," Altaras said. "So far we have been successful in defeating irresponsible development."
The group has collaborated with the Snohomish County Parks Department and has helped save nearly 20 acres of the west side for public and habitat enjoyment.
"Twenty more acres are still in danger of development if we aren't financially prepared. Each year we have a bake sale and this helps fill our bank account, in case of another appeal against irresponsible rezoning. We are still at risk."
They had a steady stream of customers Saturday.
"What an enjoyable day to spend with neighbors and friends," she said. "We were surrounded by dreams of sugar plums and wonderful cakes and fudge and pies and brownies, etc."
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Keep your holiday greetings accurate, like a newspaper.
Reporters are asked to adhere to an Associated Press Holiday Style Guide as we spell words. We are asked to follow strict rules every day, which include edicts such as "website is one word" and "email'' doesn't contain a hyphen.
For those who want to follow our style, here are some of the rules set for this time of year:
"Auld Lang Syne": Sung to greet the New Year, poem by Robert Burns set to Scottish music.
Bible: Capitalize in reference to the Scriptures; lowercase biblical in all uses.
Champagne: Capitalize sparkling wine from the French region uncorked to celebrate New Year's.
Christmastime: One word.
Christmas tree: Lowercase tree and other seasonal terms with Christmas: card, wreath, carol, etc. Exception: National Christmas Tree.
Jesus, Jesus Christ: Pronouns referring to him are lowercase, as is savior.
Happy holidays, merry Christmas, season's greetings: Such phrases are generally spelled lowercase, though Christmas is always capitalized.
Kriss Kringle: Not Kris. Variation of Santa Claus. Derived from the German word Christkindl, or baby Jesus, for gift sharing.
Menorah: Candelabrum with nine branches used for Hanukkah.
Nativity scene: Only the first word is capitalized.
North Pole: Mythical home of Santa Claus.
Poinsettia: Decorative plant for Christmas; note the "ia."
Regifting: Passing along an unwanted present to someone else.
Xmas: Don't use this abbreviation for Christmas.
Kristi O'Harran: 425-339-3451, email@example.com.
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