YPSILANTI- - A local mother falls on hard times after receiving a devastating diagnosis - but her two young children are pitching in to help.
"I'm very lucky in a sense," said Amy Proffitt. "That I have these great kids and I've been able to spend time with these great kids."
Sadly for this Ypsilanti mother, time is running out.
Amy Proffitt was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2008. The former University of Michigan nurse beat it once, but this time it came back with a vengeance.
The 37-year-old mother of two is now in hospice care.
"It's hard ... there are no words," Amy said.
"Losing her as the mother of my children isn't bad enough," said husband Archie. "It's everything else."
Times have been very tough for this family as dad is taking care of mom full time and can't work. The house is now in foreclosure and the repo man came a few days ago and took their family car.
The kids know this and now they are trying to help.
Chloe, 10, and Noah, 8, decided to set up a lemonade stand in front of their house on Woodland.
The price is a quarter a cup and all the proceeds go to mom and dad.
"Just so we could raise some money," Chloe said.
"To help with the bills and stuff," Noah said.
"We did it yesterday and we got a few dollars," Chloe said.
Word is spreading. Neighbors, family, friends and even people driving by, are learning about their loving and selfless lemonade stand. One by one they've been lining up to donate to their cause.
"At first I was like what are you guys doing, you're just going to make a mess for dad to clean up," Archie said. "But you can't break their spirits."
"It makes me feel good, it makes me feel nice and helpful," Chloe said.
"It makes me feel good," Noah said.
"They are just very strong kids," Amy said. "I don't know sometimes where they get that."
With dad by her side, mom is barely strong enough to watch her kids outside at work. But these parents are proud of the children they raised.
Although each day is an emotional, physical and financial struggle, they are appreciating every moment they have left as a family.
"They would do anything to help their mommy," Archie said.
"They are good kids they always want to help people, they're amazing," Amy said.
To contribute to the GoFundMe go here: http://www.gofundme.com/amymerrickproffitt
Archie and Amy Proffitt
9822 Woodland Court