‘Stage 4 Needs More’: Mom with cancer’s fierce fight for research

Kerri Stromski, a beloved kindergarten teacher, is living with breast cancer and fighting to spotlight the need for research. Stromski at home with her husband Rob and children Madison, Morgan, and Quinn. (Patch/Lisa Finn)

(Lisa Finn, Patch) — Step inside Keri Lynn Stromski’s Jamesport, N.Y., home and see a home bursting with life, with family, with love. Amid the Halloween and autumn decorations are framed and mounted words of affirmation: “Simplify.” “Family.” “Peace.”

Stromski, a kindergarten teacher spent Friday with her tiny charges at Aquebogue Elementary School, making apple sauce and spreading magic as she took off her shoes and acted like Johnny Appleseed, much to the delight of her kinders. She is a busy working mom, juggling her kids’ schedules and advocating for her students — and she is also living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer.

Metastatic cancer means the cancer has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes to other organs in the body.

At Stromski’s house, the fall is in full swing as her husband Rob takes their son Quinn to practice while their girls Morgan and Madison do homework and help from their mom in the kitchen. It’s a busy, rich, full life, a family so intertwined in love they tell each other’s stories and stop to give their mom a hug — just because. (…)

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