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A local woman's job is helping to save lives, but now, breast cancer has her fighting for her own.

Elizabeth Wise was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

"I'm thankful that I had the mammogram because if it wouldn't have been for that, if I would have been able to catch it, it may have been further along,” Wise said.

Wise is currently going through chemo and radiation treatments.

"It's been rough. There have been days I couldn't even get out of bed with the treatment." Despite being worn out, she still tries to work 40 hours a week as a paramedic in Duplin County.

"We save some lives and it makes me feel like a better person even though right now I'm going through this struggle myself. It just makes me feel better when I can help somebody."

Elizabeth also has to continue working to support her two school age sons as a single mom, and pay thousands of dollars in medical bills despite having insurance. It is making it hard for her to afford her home.

"A few months ago I did get a letter where they were fixing to start foreclosure. A couple of friends helped me out where they wouldn't start it." Her friends and co-workers didn't stop there. They have also set up funds and events to raise breast cancer awareness and money for Elizabeth's medical bills. "We contacted Elizabeth to make sure it was alright with her, and at first she didn't like the idea of people helping her because she never asked. She's always the one getting help to other people,” said Dana Long, a friend and co-worker of Wise.

Elizabeth eventually accepted their help, even though she believes one day she would be able to pay the bills. Right now her number one focus is her health. There will be a Jail and Bail Fundraiser on Friday in Kenansville to support breast cancer research and help Elizabeth Wise. If you would like to make a donation, you can go to any First Citizens Bank and ask to donate to the EMS fund for Elizabeth Wise.

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