A breakfast fundraiser is planned for Saturday for a McDowell County couple who had to deliver their daughter at 28 weeks after the mother was diagnosed with leukemia.

Seth and Tara Bradley, newlyweds and parents to 1-month-old Clara Rose, received life-changing news on Monday, Oct. 28 when Tara, who was 28 weeks pregnant, learned she has leukemia. The final diagnosis was acute myeloid leukemia (AML) which is an aggressive form of cancer.

Clara Rose was delivered into the world early at a little over 2 pounds so that Tara could begin treatment quickly. Clara is doing well and able to breathe on her own, but she will remain there until closer to her due date in January 2020. Tara has begun treatments and will remain in the hospital for several weeks until they are completed. The extended family of the Bradleys have organized a pancake breakfast so that Tara and Seth can keep their focus on getting well rather than the accumulating debt. Seth said Monday that Tara is currently in remission and they are looking forward to coming home soon.

The pancake breakfast is Saturday at Story Memorial Presbyterian Church, of 174 Shady Lane in Marion from 7-11 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for kids 10 and under.

A Go Fund Me page was started for the couple and has already raised nearly $25,000. To help the family, click on the link: https://bit.ly/2P54iqM.

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