KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The metro is rallying around one of Kansas City’s most well-known jazz singers. For the second time, Molly Hammer has been diagnosed with breast cancer. With no health insurance, people in the community are stepping up to support her.
“Thank you so much for coming it warms my heart.”
As Molly Hammer steps behind the mic, a sea of friends stare back at her. Everyone knows, her heart is heavy.
“There's something different for me. It's hard to put your finger on it, but it just changes you,” Hammer said.
In 2008, Molly was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through chemo, radiation and after a year of fighting, she beat it. But just ten days ago, Molly’s world changed.
“I felt a couple strange symptoms so I went in, had things checked.”
She was diagnosed again with breast cancer. Molly is known in Kansas City for her beautiful voice. A singer, without health insurance, getting ready for the second fight of her life.
“The push is just to survive. To keep living.”
As she fights, the sea of friends have reached out to the community and already raised $7,000 to help Molly with her treatment.
“It's...I don't think there's even words to put to it. It's so touching. It lifts me up. Having so many friends, I love them back. I'm so grateful.”
Molly says her voice isn’t going anywhere. With the help of her friends and her community, Molly says she will beat cancer again mic in hand.
“I am extremely determined. I will not succumb to feeling like I'm a sick person. I will sing as often as I can. I will fight, I will get healthy.”
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for anyone who would like to help out or learn more about Molly.