Community rallies to support breast cancer survivor now battling brain cancer

Published: Jun. 1, 2018 at 10:46 AM CDT
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Hundreds of people came out to Stoney Acres farm in Athens Thursday night to support Shyra Martyn, who’s battling cancer for a second time.

A special “Pizza on the Farm” fundraiser was organized by the 27-year-old Athens woman’s friends and family.

Martyn, a wife and mother of three, is fighting cancer for the second time in just two years. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and then beating it, Martyn was recently diagnosed with brain cancer.

"You just do what you need to do, you don't have any other choice. You just do what you need to do and focus on your family,” said Martyn.

Dozens of cars carrying hundreds of supporters rolled into to the Athens farm where people had a chance to eat pizza and reflect with Shyra.

"Through the whole thing she's been positive, she keeps looking forward to how she can make a change in the world, and the moments that she does have left," said friend Lindsay Graff.

While Martyn’s prognosis is bleak, doctors say she has just a few months to live, she says she’s going to stay positive and appreciate the days she has left.

"Lots of wonderful kid memories that every kid remembers growing up, we want for our kids to grow up with. So we'll probably do some water park trips with the kids and some camping, and just go with the flow and do whatever our energy allows us to do," said Martyn.

If you were unable to attend the fundraiser but still want to help Shyra’s family,

to donate.