DANVILLE, Va. — A woman is now raising nine children – three biological children and six that belonged to her best friend, according to the Washington Post.
Beth Laitkep, a single mother to six children, found out she had breast cancer in 2014, when she was pregnant with her last child — a boy named Ace, who was delivered by emergency C-section at 30 weeks so that Laitkep could begin aggressive chemotherapy treatments.
When Laitkep was first diagnosed with cancer, she beat it. She wasn’t so lucky the second time.
“About a week after she was admitted into the hospital, and the doctor called me. I was at work and he told me that it had spread to her brain,” said Stephanie Culley, Laitkep’s close friend. “And there was nothing they could do.”
Laitkep had six children: Will, 15; Selena, 14; Jaxon, 11; Dallas, 10; Lily, 5; and Ace, 2.
That’s when she asked Culley an enormous favor: to raise her six children after she passed.
She consulted her husband and thought a long time before finally making the decision to welcome the kids into her family.
“I had complete peace that I was going to be the mother of 9 kids,” said Culley.
Laitkep passed away on May 19 at the age of 39.
Beth, mother of 6, lost her courageous fight with breast cancer at just 39 years old. pic.twitter.com/Sqr13lJdnU
— Caren Pinto (@CarenRPinto) June 1, 2016