Updated: 04/30/2014 10:38 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 8:19 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
When you meet Taylor Thury, the joy surrounding her child is obvious.
"Being a mom means a lot to me," Thury said.
The 20-year-old mom is fighting more than sleepless nights; she's battling leukemia.
"I may not be able to have kids again," Thury said.
The Denfeld graduate was diagnosed last Thanksgiving. She found out when she had her gallbladder removed.
"It's unbelievable what she's had to go through, the blood clots and the stroke, the fluid in the lungs and draining," family friend Lisa Karulak said.
Thury has had complications with her treatment which meant weeks in the hospital.
"She's been a trooper," Karulak said. "I've seen some pretty tough things she's gone through and she's been trying to keep a positive attitude through everything."
"It was rough at first," Thury's fiance Joe Ostberg said. "Now that we are home, it's a lot better."
Thury found out about her cancer just weeks after Ostberg proposed. Their baby girl, Melody, was born in August.
"I think she is one of the main reasons we keep going," Ostberg said.
While Thury fights, the medical bills are adding up. That's why the community is getting together for a benefit this Saturday at the Cloquet National Guard Armory.
It's on May 3 from 4 to 11 p.m. There will be live music from Backlash, silent auction, cash bar and spaghetti feed. Tickets are $10. Kids can get in for $5.
"Big thank you to everyone who has been donating," Thury said.
Other items at the event include a photobooth, raffle and bake sale.
If you are unable to make it to the event, you can donate to the Taylor Thury Foundation at any Wells Fargo bank.
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