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Faces of Kansas City: One woman's determination and will to live

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

Monica Steiner is fighting for her life.

"It's tough to think about, is this my last Thanksgiving? I don't know. That's what the numbers say, but I don't accept that," she said.

What began as breast cancer continues to spread. She has tumors on her spine, in her lungs and in her bones.

"There's a lot of pain, but I can live with that. I can live with that as long as they'll let me live with that," said Steiner.

KCTV5's Brad Stephens featured Monica and her husband Jay last month when Jay competed in the Ironman triathlon in Hawaii. That's when Stephens shared their effort to create an endowment at the University of Kansas Cancer Center to fund research that will help others like Monica.

"Of the millions of dollars that get donated toward breast cancer research, only five percent really ever goes to metastatic cancer research and that did shock me," said Steiner.

She will spend Thanksgiving with her kids and family and said, in spite of the cancer, counting her blessings will be easy.

"If I weren't on this clinical trial right now, I probably wouldn't be here. I probably wouldn't be having Thanksgiving with my kids," Steiner said. "To try to sum up the things I'm thankful for, we don't have that kind of time."

After Thanksgiving, she will continue her chemotherapy treatment and her efforts to raise money for metastatic cancer research.

"There might not be a cure. I'm not even looking for that. I just want something that says, ‘This will let you live a little longer and a little better,'" said Steiner.

Click here for more information and ways to help Monica Steiner's fundraising efforts for cancer research.

To read Stephens' previous story on the Steiner family, click here.

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