Bickford Family staying strong in fight against cancer

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Marjorie and Jason Bickford's son was murdered in a Fourth of July fight at Maumee Bay State Park two years ago.

"Some confrontation had went down, and had got stabbed and passed away," his mother Marjorie Bickford said.

Marjorie and her husband are now taking care of their eight year old granddaughter, Ozzylynn, but on August 9, the family received devastating news.

Jason was diagnosed with esophageal cancer.

"It's been rough," Jason said. "You don't know what you're thinking when you get told you have cancer."

Exactly two months later, Marjorie was diagnosed with stage three lung cancer.

"Now we're both going through that on top of just getting through what we went through with my son," Marjorie said.

Marjorie and Jason are both fighting for their lives and praying for a miracle.

Because Jason is undergoing chemo, he is unable to work as a trucker at Cox Trucking, but he said the company has stepped up to support this family during such a trying time.

"I feel very blessed," Jason said. " All of the people out there that are caring and willing to help, it's amazing."

Both Marjorie and Jason said it's their granddaughter Ozzylynn that keeps them going.

There will a spaghetti dinner benefit for the Bickford Family next Friday, November 16 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Fraternal Order of Police Toledo Lodge #40.

The cost is 10 dollars for adults and 5 dollars for children under 10.

You can also donate at https://www.facebook.com/donate/901469520061487/?fundraiser_source=external_url.