Family hopes to raise money for couple fighting cancer


Gerry and Kim Dailey were both diagnosed with cancer one month apart from each other.

"I told her when we got married we were going to do everything together, but I didn't plan on this to happen," Gerry Dailey said.

In marriage you take vows with your life partner to love them in sickness and health. The Daileys are staying true to that promise.

Gerry Dailey was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in August. As the two figured out what to do next, more bad news came.

"When Kimmy got it I was like that's two holes in our boat, but we ain't sinking," Gerry Dailey said.

His wife was diagnosed with colon cancer just a few weeks after Gerry's diagnosis.

"It was devastating," said Jennifer Zielinski, Gerry's daughter and Kim's step-daughter said.

Zielinski said although it's been tough, the support from the community has been overwhelming.

"The phone calls, the emails, the text messages just kept pouring in. What can we do to help? Where can I send a check," Zielinski said.

The family said they need money to get the couple to their treatments. Kim's son Josh Little said they are both patients at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Hospital in Chicago.

"And then neither of them to be able to take care of each other and have a person to care for them while they're there during their treatment that kind of goes from one person flying out there to doubling," Little said.

The family said driving would save them a few dollars, but it wouldn't be worth the price of the suffering the Daileys would endure.

"With the treatment and how you're feeling upon return, no one wants to be in a car for very long," Little said.

Even while in the fight for their lives, the Daileys are thinking of others. They vow to donate a portion of the money they receive to the Children's Hospital of Michigan. The Detroit-based foundation specializes in treating childhood cancer.

"To help little kids that have cancer. We got 10 grand kids so we need to help them," Gerry said.

So far Gerry's treatments are going well enough for him to be home. As for his wife, she'll be in the hospital until Thanksgiving.

"I love her. Hang in there. Be tough. Go Team Dailey," Gerry said.

The family is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Gladwin to raise money. It begins at 2 p.m. and runs until 5 p.m.

There is also a GoFundMe page for the family:

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