By Reg Chapman


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A young mother of five says she’s blown away by the support she’s received after a difficult diagnosis.

Andrea Mangan, 34, found out last week that she has cancer. Now friends and family are making sure her kids are cared for while she concentrates on treatment.

“It’s just amazing to see how people can come together and work,” she said.

For the past seven days, a community of friends, family and strangers have come to the aid of the Mangan family and their five children.

“I feel so blessed and grateful. I almost can’t handle the generosity of people,” she said. “So yeah, it’s overwhelming.”

It was just a week ago that a pain in her stomach sent Mangan to the emergency room.

“For about a few weeks I had pain,” she said. “It started in my back and radiated through my abdomen and I just knew it was abnormal.”

A few tests later, she learned she had large B-cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. A tumor the size of a softball was sitting near her intestines.

Friends responded by creating a GoFundMe account to help pay for her childcare while she and her husband focused on fighting the cancer.

During this Easter season, the family has their hearts and minds focused on the Cross.

“God will use your suffering, and that’s really what I’m trying to do,” she said.

Mangan and her husband say they’re thankful for friends who help them deal with the suffering, as well as help with their five little blessings.

The family says they feel blessed that so many people have already helped, and any unused money will go to another family in a similar situation.

Reg Chapman

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