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Eagle County woman’s friends open their hearts

Lauren Glendenning
Gypsum, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyTerri Adams was diagnosed with terminal cancer in January and her friends are holding a fundraiser at E-Town on April 15 to help her pay her medical bills.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Those who know Eagle County, Colorado resident Terri Adams say she’s the first person to be there for you if you need something.

It’s her warm and caring heart that motivated her friends to host a fundraiser for Adams, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and earlier this year found out cancer has spread throughout her body. Her diagnosis is grim, but she’s staying upbeat.

“This is not curable, but it is sometimes treatable,” Adams said. “But I believe in miracles.”

Adams mentioned to her friends that she was worried about money ” she’s a single mother and she’s still paying off medical bills from her diagnosis in 2006. She hasn’t been able to work her bus-driving job with the Eagle County School District in months and will likely lose her job soon along with her health insurance.

She mentioned her worries to her friends Jan Hiland and Cynthia Sibley and they came up with an idea to hold a fundraiser for their friend at E-Town in Edwards, April 15.

They wanted to keep the mood upbeat at the event, Hiland said. They set it up so that a portion of every check at E-Town that night will help Adams. If people want to show up and just eat dinner, they don’t even have to introduce themselves or pay any type of cover charge.

“You can go do your thing; just carry on,” Hiland said. “It’s not like it’s a closed, private party you have to be a part of.”

Helping their friend was a no-brainer, Hiland said. There’s a time in life when everyone needs help, and there’s nobody they’d rather help than Adams.

“She’s a doer,” Hiland said. “She’s got a terrific outlook.”

Adams has a 17-year-old daughter, Jenni, who is a senior at Eagle Valley High School. Her daughter is the light of her life, she said. Thinking about her keeps her upbeat, but it also upsets her a lot.

“That’s the hardest part for me to think I might not be here for her and her children,” Adams said. “She and I have had an incredible relationship ” just bar none.”

Jenni moved in with her dad, who also lives in Gypsum, a couple of months ago. Adams said she still comes over all the time and the two spend time together whenever possible.

Adams spends most of her days resting and going to the doctor. She had a brain tumor removed in January and just finished a 10-day radiation treatment on her brain. The procedures have left her tired and she needs a lot of medication.

She finds solace in the laughter she shares with her friends. Sibley said they laugh so hard when they get together that she ends up crying.

“She’s so brave and courageous,” Sibley said. “I end up crying and she always ends up comforting me ” that says a lot about her character.”

Adams is thankful for all of the friends who have helped her out through such a tough time in her life. Hiland and Sibley are throwing the fundraiser and giving her much-needed moral support, but she also has a friend who drives her around for errands and doctor visits. Adams could have a seizure at any moment so she tries not to drive even though her doctors say it’s OK.

Adams co-workers and bosses at the Eagle County School District’s transportation department have also helped her out by donating their vacation and sick time, which has allowed Adams to continue to receive a paycheck while she’s been out sick. That will run out soon, but she’s so grateful she’s been able to have it for as long as she has.

“When I was diagnosed, these people brought me dinner every single night for a month,” Adams said.

There are a lot of uncertainties left for Adams ” she’s not sure how long she can fight her illness, she isn’t sure where she’ll live this summer after she hopefully sells her house and most of her belongings. She said the entire experience is just part of life, and she’ll get through it.

“It’s part of my path to move forward with this and see what I learn from this, and what others learn from me,” she said.

Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com

Ten percent of the bill for anyone who eats or drinks at E-Town in Edwards on Wednesday, April 15, will be donated to Terri Adams to help with her medical bills. Donations can also be made directory to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund at http://www.vvcf.org, or by calling 970-845-6339. To donate silent auction items or door prizes, or for more information, call Cynthia Sibley at 970-376-0109, or Jan Hiland at 970-471-9783.

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