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Woman who helps others now battling cancer
Spencerport, N.Y. -- Deb Milgate-Moyer turned her grief into goodness. After her brother Tim's murder in June of 1995, she fought for answers and has kept fighting to help find his killer.
She has also held fundraisers and golf tournaments in his memory.
Now Milgate-Moyer needs help. She has been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. It's a disease of the blood and bone marrow and was once known as pre-leukemia.
That's the same form of blood cancer that Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts battled. She is doing well following a bone marrow transplant. Her sister was the donor.
Milgate-Moyer's three surviving brothers are being tested as possible bone marrow donors and friends have organized a bone marrow drive.
That drive is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, from 4-8 p.m. at the Cosgrove Middle School 2749 Spencerport Road in Spencerport.
Friends said Milgate-Moyer has done so much to help others, everyone is coming forward asking how they can help her.
Rick Moyer said it's hard for his wife to slow down and realize she needs to take care of herself.
Milgate-Moyer said she first noticed symptoms in the summer when she woke up with large bruises and was easily fatigued.
She had hoped to avoid being hospitalized but learned Thursday she needs to begin treatment soon because her bone marrow is not working properly and it is affecting her red and white blood cell count and her platelet counts.
She is sad because she has a big fundraiser coming up on November 2. It's called the TNT Explosion. It is at Pier 45 from 6-8 p.m. It benefits her brother, Tim Milgate, and Taylor Brush, who died as an infant.
It benefits the Golisano Childrens Hospital.
So far, Milgate-Moyer has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the hospital, along with Taylor Brush's mother Jennifer and others.
Friends and family will step up to help make sure the fundraisers and bone marrow drive go off smoothly.
Milgate-Moyer said though she won't be there in person, she will be there in heart and via Skype.
She's not ready to slow down just yet. She cares for six children in her home daycare and will miss them while she is being treated. She's also a mom to four grown daughters and a grandmother of four.
She also isn't used to focusing on herself but knows now she has to, to get better.
She is remaining positive and believes with help, she will beat this.
Friends and family have no doubt, she will be cured, because she is a fighter.
Milgate-Moyer said she has lost many loved ones to cancer, including her mother and her niece and has a nephew who is 8 years old who is battling leukemia. She told us: "It's my turn to put on the hell of a fight and I'm going to do that."