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October 18, 2012

Mother and son battle cancer together

WEST CHAZY — Lori Kashorek and her son, Timothy, have received more than 138 cards in eight months.

The mother and son, both battling cancer, were diagnosed within just months of each other.

Lori, 41, a former choral teacher at Cumberland Head Elementary School, found out by accident in March that she had cancer.

An X-ray she had for a frozen shoulder showed swollen lymph nodes in her chest. After seeing a few doctors, Lori was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer. She has never smoked.

She posted the news about her illness on Facebook, asking for prayers. And that month, she underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

An outpouring of support from friends and family followed.

”It’s been very comforting the whole time to know my name is being put before God constantly,” Lori said from her West Chazy home. “And he listens.”

FAMILY FIRST

When Lori became tired and weak from the chemotherapy, the daily responsibilities of her husband, the Rev. Doug Kashorek, increased significantly.

“He had to be him and me at the same time,” Lori said.

Doug, pastor of the Church of Life in Plattsburgh, had to cancel Bible study classes so he could cook meals, help his children with homework and keep up with the housework.

“I’d have to tell people, ‘My family comes first,” Doug said.

Timothy has two sisters, Rachel, 16, and Rebekah, 13, who attend Beekmantown Central School.

UNCERTAIN STATUS

Less than four months after his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Timothy, 18, noticed something was wrong.

He was in Pennsylvania singing at a Christian camp with Express, a vocal group from Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he is a freshman.

Timothy went to the emergency room there on July 3. Three days later, a urologist in Rochester told him he suspected the teen had testicular cancer.

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