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Her sister-in-law agreed to carry her baby for her when she could no longer do so because of cancer. Now, she's expecting a little girl.
Before Amy Eberly and Diane Hooper were sisters through marriage, they were close friends.
"My whole life I've wanted a sister, so, I feel very blessed," said a teary-eyed Amy Eberly.
The tears come thinking about what her sister and friend has endured. In 2008, at just 28, and soon after marrying Amy's brother, Diane was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
"They ended up removing one ovary and one fallopian tube and a mass. We didn't know that it was cancer but soon after we found out that it was. The doctors let us delay chemo for a month because they knew that we wanted to have children," said Diane Hooper of the ordeal.
That month gave them precious time to harvest four embryos in case the chemo left her sterile. But, but six months after Diane's last treatment, she found out she was expecting.
"We just kind of thought, all right, we are going to move forward with our lives and we didn't actually need those embryos," said Diane Hooper.
Diane and her husband welcomed a little boy to their lives. But, after celebrating his first birthday, Diane, again, got a devastating diagnosis.
"I had the same symptoms come up and and it turns out I had cancer again. And, at that time, they did do a complete hysterectomy which was devastating," said Diane Hooper.
"I had already had one child and I knew what a gift it was to be a mom and I wanted to give her that hope, you know, to get her through chemo," said Amy Eberly.
Amy stayed by her sister's side through the treatments. But, she wanted to do more. She knew about the embryos and how much Diane wanted another baby. So, she offered to be a surrogate.
"I think if somebody is going through cancer and you feel like you can't take it away all you can do is give them love and hope," said Amy Eberly.
"We are able to expand our family and move forward with our life. And, my little boy is going to have a sister because of my sister-in-law," said Diane Hooper.
From the first ultra-sound, the sisters share in watching the little girl grow.
"I get to go to every appointment with her and she doesn't mind if I am hands-on and rubbing all over her belly," said Diane Hooper.
On this Mother's Day, these friends, sisters, will celebrate together. They will be thankful for the strength it took to beat cancer, the powerful bond of family, and the will to overcome adversity with the addition of the little girl they are expecting.
"Just being able to give somebody a gift of a child is rewarding in itself. People look at me like it's a big sacrifice. I feel like it's such a short amount of time for a lifetime of blessings," said Amy Eberly.
"I wish I could go through it, but I'm so happy to know that she's doing this. And, it's hard to convey, you know, what it means to you and to know this is a gift I will never be able to repay," said Diane Hooper.
The new baby is due July 19. Diane says she will be named Hannah Faith Michelle Hooper. Hannah is a biblical name. Faith is for what Diane says got them through this. And, Michelle is Amy's middle name.
Scully Field looks like a mini Dodger Stadium and today drew a crowd Scully himself says was one he would remember forever. "I will remember this crowd far more, much deeper than any crowd I have ever seen," said Scully.
Taft Mayor Randy Miller said his city is a sports town and very supportive of the Dodgers. "Vin Scully doesn't come to very many events and he was tickled absolutely tickled to come to Taft and be apart of this," said Miller.
Scully's fans were happy to have him. Blake Harris of Bakersfield says he's been listening to Scully since he was a baby. "I just kinda fell in love with this guy, it's been great having him as the announcer for the Dodgers," said Harris.
Adrian Pena drove three hours to give Scully a custom painting of Scully and his wife. Pena said this field is wonderful for the Kern County community and a positive influence for the young baseball players who will use it. "You can never go wrong with anything that has Vince Scully in it, ain't no body more deserving than him," said Pena.
Congressman Kevin McCarthy also had his annual "McCarthy Cup" whiffle ball tournament. If you would like to visit this field contact the Westside Parks and Recreation District at 763-4246.