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Donor drive helps mother of four find bone marrow match

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A community says goodbye to its cheerleading coach

On Sunday, family and friends gathered for the funeral of a beloved Edgecombe County cheerleading coach, Teresa Summerlin-Mobley.

On Sept. 12th, 2013, Mobley lost her year-long battle with Leukemia.

It’s a story 9 On Your Side first told you about in October of 2012. That’s when the community held several fundraisers and drives to find Mobley a bone marrow donor. Mobley found a donor; however, it wasn’t enough to save her life.

On Friday, just one day after her death, Mobley’s son joined his South West Edgecombe teammates in a moment of silence at their football game against Tarboro.

Mobley’s funeral was held at South West Edgecombe High School.

Mobley is survived by four children and a husband. She was just 33-years-old.


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TARBORO, N.C. -- A donor drive at Southwest Edgecombe High School helped a mother of four find suitable bone marrow donor.

One of Teresa Mobley's cousins was a match and will now undergo more testing before the surgery can begin.

Mobley is hopeful that December will bring with it her successfull transplant surgery and the end of her battle with cancer.

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TARBORO, N.C. – She’s facing the hardest battle of her life, but Teresa Mobley refuses to give up.

The Tarboro mother of four has cancer and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Ask any of her four kids and they’ll tell you why they love their mom.

“She snuggles with me,” said 4-year-old McKenlee Mobley.

“She's very strong and supportive,” said 14-year-old, Jarratt Mobley.

"She knows how to fight a battle when there is. And she don't let nobody talk to us bad,” said 9-year-old Brayden Mobley.

And that love for their mom, just got even stronger.

In August, Teresa’s health took a turn for the worse. Doctors diagnosed her with Leukemia.

“The first thing I said was that it wasn't fair to my kids and that’s probably what I've repeated over and over again,” said Teresa Mobley.

But Teresa hasn't let her diagnosis slow her down. She's still a dedicated cheerleading coach at Southwest Edgecombe High School, where two of her kids go to school... and they say she never misses a game.

"I'm still mommy and that’s my most important job and I’m still wife and that’s my second most important job,” Mobley said.

"She's like Supermom. She's always at baseball games and cheerleading stuff even when she didn't feel good. She had a bone marrow biopsy and she was at cheerleading practice that afternoon,” said Summerlin.

Now Teresa’s oldest daughter, Tonia, is making sure cancer doesn’t get the best of her mom.

“You get mad and then you're upset about it and then you ask why but then you come to a point where you're just headstrong and you know you're going to beat it and everything is going to be okay,” said Tonia.

She organized a bone marrow drive in hopes her mom, and others in the same situation, might find a match.

“Unfortunately I'm now an only child. I had a sister that passed away when she was four. Normally with a bone marrow transplant your match is your sibling,” said Teresa.

“Maybe we could find a donor for Teresa and if not for Teresa then for someone that’s out there that’s going through the same thing,” said Mobley’s aunt, Mary Holland.

Regardless of the path they go down, this family says they’re in the fight together.

“I think the main thing i want them to realize is that life isn't always fair but that god gives his toughest battles to his toughest warriors and that’s what i think he's done here,” said Teresa.

Registering to be a bone marrow donor is easy. All it takes is a simple cheek swab.

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