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Rochester family copes with cancer

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- In January 2013, Tara Maier was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer.  The Rochester mother of five said her terminal diagnosis has been difficult on the family, but they've turned to their faith to get them through.

"I think we're more intentional with our time and the opportunities that we take," said Tara Maier.

For Tara, a family trip to Disney World was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.  According to their website, Inheritance of Hope is an organization that helps families facing the loss of a parent emotionally, financially and spiritually.

The Maier family was recently invited to go on an Inheritance of Hope retreat to Disney World.

"It was good for them to have that outlet, to have fun and laugh and not just always cry," said Tara Maier.

That was the goal of the vacation -- to meet with more than a dozen families from across the country in similar circumstances.  It was a chance for the five Maier children to share their experiences with other kids facing the same issues.

"It's been kind of hard and different because our mom hasn't been able to do the things she used to be able to do," said Jenna Maier, Tara's 9-year-old-daughter.

Besides the rides and enjoying the company of Disney characters, the Maier's participated in group and individual counseling sessions aimed at preparing the family for an uncertain future.

"Our story isn't one of desperation but it's one of hope and excitement for the future and that's what cancer brought to us," said Jay Maier, Tara's husband of 20-years.

Whatever it brings next, the family says they'll always have cherished memories to get them through.  The Maier children said they plan to keep in touch with the friends they made on the trip.  And Tara and Jay will continue to share their family's journey through their blog, 7 Maiers: Perspectives from the Tree Tops.

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