Battle of a Lifetime

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Two people, two heart attacks, two bouts of pneumonia, cancer that spread to two organs and two lost jobs all in the last two years. It's a lot to take in and a lot for one family to handle.

We sat down with the Nolan family at their Osseo home this evening.

Scott and Debbie Nolan have three kids and three grandkids. Now, with words like ‘foreclosure' and ‘six months to live’ a part of daily conversation, the entire family is fighting the battle of a lifetime.

"I'm fighting a war,” Says Debbie Schenn-Nolan. “Literally, I'm fighting a war. That's how I feel."

Debbie and Scott Nolan's war started two years ago.

"We were both on the top of our game, ya know, making good money and we got a home," says Scott.

The attack on their happiness started with Scott's first heart attack.

"I drove that 18-wheeler right up to the hospital," he says.

Shortly after that, Scott was diagnosed with severe emphysema and lost his job as a truck driver. Money got tight and Debbie became the family's sole provider—for a while.

"January 31st was it—when they told me I have six months to a year," she says.

Doctors say pancreatic cancer spread to her spleen and liver.

"In the midst of losing my house, I found out I have this to deal with," Debbie says.

But she's strong.

"My wife's so courageous," Scott says.

And a believer.

"I get up every morning and say my prayers and talk to the Lord,” Debbie says. "A miracle is what I'm looking for."

Her number one reason is 15.

"She’s the best mom in the world,” says Debbie’s son Nolan Schenn, a freshman who wrestles heavyweight, pins seniors and wears number 10 on his extra large football jersey.

"He needs me here,” Debbie says as she fights back tears. “I want to be there when football starts. That's the hardest part, my son. I get choked up when it comes to him"

“She comes to everything,” Nolan says.

And when it comes to mom, her big guy sheds big tears, but doesn't give up.

"I don't think she'll be gone,” he says. “I think we'll make it through."

Debbie says until she gets her miracle, she worries about her daughter, three grandkids, but especially that her boys will be OK.

So far, the Nolans still have their home, but are months behind in payments. Now, family, friends, neighbors and the community are reaching out to help.

Debbie's mom and sister-in-law organized a benefit for her on March 17. It's at the Lions Hall in Augusta from one p.m. until midnight.
There's food, music, raffles and a silent auction all to help the family.

There's also a fund set up for Debbie.
If you'd like to help you can make your checks out to the "Debbie Nolan Fund" and drop them off at any United Bank.

There are locations in Osseo, Eau Claire, Strum, Eleva, Ettrick, and Mondovi.


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