Trina Lacey was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She underwent treatment and was in remission until August 2010, when it was discovered the cancer had spread to her lung and liver, then next to her stomach and bones. She entered several trial studies and went to several places for treatment. The treatment was given as oral chemotherapy, which is not covered by insurance companies at the same rate as standard infusion. The cost to the family was thousands of dollars each month as well as the costs to seek out help.
Her husband missed a lot of work, and their finances greatly suffered, even threatening the loss of their home. They struggled to get the care that Trina wanted as her disease made her weaker. Trina lost her battle in June 2011 at 44 years old. She leaves her husband and two daughters, ages 14 and 15.