A Mother’s Battle
Being a single mom is tough. Being a single mom with cancer is even harder. Patty Minard was first diagnosed with melanoma in 1991. Since then, it has spread to various parts of her body, including her brain.
After trying treatment after treatment and seeing little improvement, doctors told Minard there was nothing more they could do. Minard wasn’t as willing to give up hope. She found the motivation to fight in her daughter, Abby. Thinking about 8 year-old Abby growing up without her mother was not an option for Minard.
Minard went out on a limb and signed up for the experimental treatment. With the help of her doctors, and with her daughter by her side, she has improved. Although still considered a stage four cancer patient by doctors, you would never know it when looking at Minard, she works as a school bus driver and helps Abby care for her horse. She says her and her daughter have been given a new appreciation for life and are making the most of every day.
Escape to the horse barn
Patty finds an escape from her battle with cancer in the horse barn. Everyday, she goes with her daughter Abby to visit Moose, Abby's horse. On weekends, the trio travels to horse shows where Abby hopes she and Moose will some day take home the gold.