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We’ve been following the journey of Erin Banton for the past couple of years. Erin is married to Travis Banton (Kathy Fouch’s son for longtime OMPers), and they have three young boys.

Erin, who had to leave her job as a beloved teacher at Old Mission Peninsula School, is living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC). She recently spent several days in the hospital, where she learned that the fluid in her lungs is cancerous.

Through it all, Erin is a shining light who’s been helping other MBC folks on their journey and doing it all with grace. Read this story that People magazine published about her last year.

In the words of Debra Hartley on the Banton’s Meal Train page:

“Erin’s nothing if not an advocate who keeps teaching us what courage and vulnerability mean. She shares herself with all of us and in doing so has taught me so very much. Follow along if you don’t already, and share often so she can feel the love coming back to her as well as spreading. I hear regularly from people who don’t even know the family, but who have heard her story and follow her blog. Isn’t it amazing the light a single person can shine into this world? Just imagine what brightness we can bring working together.”

Read about Erin’s journey in her own words at her blog.

Debra continues:

“Team Banton is still in full effect, and we are firing up our efforts to boost the Bantons even more. Please share the meal train as well as the PayPal link below again and again. Erin is doing her part working harder than we can even imagine, so let’s get behind them and follow her lead! As a growing group, we can help alleviate the financial burden they face, with neither Erin nor Travis being able to work at the moment. Let’s surround that family with love and support, and let them completely focus on getting Erin better.”

Here’s how you can help Team Banton: 

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No gift is too small, and all the love is very much appreciated. Thank you!

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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