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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Lien’s cancer in remission, holding garage sale fundraiser


June 26, 2012

Sarah Lien and her mom Barbara Hawkins.

Over the past two years the Lake Stevens Journal has followed Sarah Lien through her battle with Stage 3, Grade 3 breast cancer.

Lien started her cancer journey two and a half years ago at the age of 24. She is now 26-years-old and after being given only a 35 percent chance of recovery, her cancer has now gone into remission.

Her mom, Barbara Hawkins, is fighting breast cancer for the third time. Hawkins’ battle started in 1994 when she underwent a lumpectomy and again in 2008 when she had to have a double mastectomy.

Just a few weeks ago, Hawkins was told that her Stage 4 incurable cancer has gone into remission.

“In the midst of fighting for my life, my mom has been fighting her own battles with cancer,” Lien said.

Now, the pair is holding a garage sale in their efforts to raise money to continue their fight against the effects of fighting this horrible disease.

“This fundraiser garage sale is to raise funds for cancer related debt and the fertility treatments that are now necessary for us to start our family,” Lien said. “We were told that chemotherapy could damage my fertility so the week before I started chemotherapy treatments we had embryos created. Those embryos are waiting for us to be financially able to use them. Some recent tests show that my fertility has been dramatically reduced since undergoing cancer treatments.”

Holding fundraisers will help them get one step closer to starting their family.

Lien and Hawkins are both looking forward to moving on past all of the “cancer” talk.

“My plans moving forward after battling cancer are simple…to live life to its fullest and first and foremost that means starting my family. After starting my family everything else will fall into place,” Lien said. “Since I was a little girl all I ever wanted to be was a mother and the thought of that dream being taken away from me is heartbreaking.”

Hawkins’ love of family has been reinforced throughout all of her cancer battles.

“My plans include treasuring each day that I am given, loving my family above and beyond the ocean of love I already have for them and teaching my grandchildren to never, never, never give up because nothing is out of reach,” she said.

They are asking for help to move forward.

You can donate items to their garage sale, which will be held on July 13, 14 and 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1723 93rd Drive SE, Lake Stevens.

You can also donate money on Lien’s blog at

They would also love to see you at the garage sale.

“I have learned through this journey that life isn’t guaranteed. I never in my wildest dreams thought at 24-years-old I would be writing a will with my husband,” Lien said. “Each day is precious and I cherish the second chance at life that I was given.”

If you have questions you can contact Lien at 425-330-3110.


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