Parker County Today October 2016 - Page 9

Cowgirl Tough — A Showdown with Cancer BY MARSHA BROWN PHOTO BY MEGAN PARKS T 2 Cancers and Two Friendships Make for A Winning Combination PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY her sister. I always admired her grit and I was drawn to her from the time she was a kid.” “My sister and I were cut from a different cloth,” Stacy said. “She was the queen and I roped.” Trina also roped but for a short time she competed in rodeo queen competitions. “My mother made me do that for a while,” Trina laughed. “Let’s just say that the girls loved me but the judges just thought I should stick to roping. That’s why there is such a connection with us. Stacy has been a great source of support for me.” Stacy is now through with her treatment and Trina’s is nearing its completion. Both looked to Careity Foundation and The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders for treatment and both are being aided by Careity Foundation. “I believe I’m almost done,” Trina said. “They’re just making sure it doesn’t rear its ugly head again.” Trina found Careity Foundation through another of her dear friends in the equine world— Shelly Mowery. Then Careity directed her to the Center of Cancer & Blood Disorders. “I had just moved here and was pretty far along when they found it,” Trina said. “I felt something in my abdomen and went to a P.A. in Lone Camp. I was working for a friend of mine there. She sent me to her gynecologist. I think it was the first she’d ever told anyone they had issues. It was pretty far along by the time I talked to Shelly. Things happen fast with me. I was pretty sick.” Trina was stunned when she was delivered the diagnosis. “I didn’t know what to do. A friend said, ‘Call Shelly.’ I visited with Shelly and she got me with Lyn. I believe that it was a God thing. We can’t leave God out of the mix.” When Trina mentions, “Lyn,” she’s referring to Lyn Walsh, CEO and co-founder of Careity Foundation. Along with her best friend, Beverly Branch, Walsh and Branch founded Careity 15 years ago, inspired after both their mothers battled cancer. “We work with hospitals and physicians,” Lyn said. “We strongly believe that the funds we raise should go to help patients.” The foundation helps people who are often not covered by insurance and health plans. The Careity Foundation has several clinical staff members that work at the Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders. Walsh, Branch and Dr. Joel Kleven work with patients OCTOBER 2016 exas native and rodeo cowgirl Trina Hadley was a home-sick young mother living in Wyoming on a ranch that had been in her husband’s family for generations when she met a teenaged cowgirl Stacy Marquiss. Their friendship has stood the test of time (it’s spanned more than two decades), distance, and health issues. Now, they’re both living just outside of Weatherford and helping each other battle an ominous enemy — cancer. They’re doing it with the help of two other best friends. “Who’d of thought that two Wyoming girls would wind up here — both battling cancer?” Stacy said. “At the same time, with treatment from the same people?” Trina added, “Well, I’m half only half-way Wyoming. I’m also half-Texas,” Trina married a Wyoming native. “My husband’s family ranched between Moorcroft and Sundance, Wyoming. Stacy’s family ranches between Gillette and Buffalo, Wyoming,” Trina said. “The rodeo world brought us together. She used to babysit for me when she was in high school and we’ve been friends ever since.” Their friendship continued through long distances apart and life-changing events. Stacy moved to Ruidoso, New Mexico and Trina moved back to Texas. “I went there for a summer,” Stacy said. “I ended up staying for 10 years.” The world of American professional rodeo is a small, closely-knit community that reaches from coast-to-coast. Trina returned with her family to Texas and Stacy moved to Parker County. She was just in time to help Trina face cancer. “She was scooping me up,” Trina said, “helping me with ovarian cancer and then guess what?” “Then low and behold,” Stacy said, “they found Lucifer in my chest.” “Lucifer,” is Stacy’s name for Lymphoma. One of the things Trina sees as Stacy’s most endearing qualities is her tenacity. “I’ve always admired this child,” Trina said, adding that it manifested itself when Stacy was a teenager in Wyoming. One of Trina’s early memories of Stacy was when she was helping her sister, who was The National High School Rodeo Queen. “With rodeo queens, there’s always people in the background making sure that queen doesn’t have any dirt on her and seeing that her hair and make-up is always perfect,” Trina said. “Well, this one (Stacy) did that for 7