Strangers Donate More Than $1 Million to New Mom -- of Quads -- Battling Cancer


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Welcoming multiples into the family is a cause for celebration -- but, unfortunately, one mother's joy has been tempered by some devastating news. What should have been one of the happiest days of Kayla Gaytan's life -- giving birth to her quadruplets -- was marred by the knowledge that the cancer she'd previously battled had returned. A bright spot in this otherwise heartbreaking story is that strangers have donated more than $1 million to help the parents of these four infants as their mom fights Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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Talking to People, Gaytan, who also has an older son and daughter, shared what the surprisingly generous gestures by so many people she's never even met has meant to her.

"It renews my faith in humanity. To know that people that don't even know us just wanted to help our family is amazing," the Kentucky mom said. 

The family's GoFundMe page was established five months ago with a $5,000 goal in mind. Obviously, no one could've estimated the enormous outpouring of support this family has received. Currently, donations tally over $1.1 million. 

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Money aside, this poor mom's spirits have been lifted just knowing this many people care about her family. With so much on her mind, it has to be an incredible relief to know that, at least in the short term, financial stressors are covered.  

This is the second enormous surprise for the growing family. Gaytan and her husband, Charles (a military police officer sergeant in the US Army), didn't think they'd be able to conceive following Kayla's five months of chemotherapy. So, to find out a month after celebrating Kayla's cancer remission that they were expecting not one but four children was a sheer delight for the couple. But their joy turned to anxiety when they learned in December that Kayla's cancer was back.

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In order to begin the treatments that doctors hope might save Kayla's life, the quadruplets were delivered on December 30 at 30 weeks via C-section. 

Recuperating from giving birth is exhausting enough, but to know that you're fighting for your life on top of that has to be incredibly daunting. Still, Kayla has so much to live for and look forward to -- not to mention the fact that thousands of strangers are rooting for her. 

"They say I have a 50 percent chance of being here within the next five years," she told People. "But I don't have a choice but to fight. I have an amazing husband and family that need me."

Wow, what an amazing spirit. If that doesn't lend some much-needed perspective to those of us who have a tendency to complain about small things, nothing will. Her bravery is truly inspiring. That positivity is exactly what she needs as she wages her battle against this disease. Plus, her babies are motivating her to keep on going. 

Kayla told Fox News"That added pressure helps me to move forward on a daily basis to get through the day and push forward, knowing I have people that need me here..."

We wish this family all the best in the coming months. 

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