Darlene Meade has a message for people who smoke or are thinking about starting: "Take a look at me."
She's a 36-year-old homemaker, a mother of four school-age children and a granddaughter of a 4-month-old.
Meade received devastating news at the beginning of this year: She had stage 4 lung cancer that had spread to her brain and it's incurable.
Meade said doctors have told her the type of cancer she has is likely related to smoking. Meade said she's been smoking one or two packs a day since she was a teenager, up until last year.
She said she wishes people would quit. And if they're thinking about starting to "think twice. Don't pick it up."
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Family friends have set up a benefit event, scheduled for 1 p.m. March 16 at the Norwalk Eagles. The event will feature raffles, food, drinks and live music. Admission is $10, which includes food. All donations will go to the family. Those who cannot attend the benefit, but wish to donate can send donations to the family at 49 Welton Ave., Norwalk, Ohio 44857.