Loren's Badass Chick

Loren’s Badass Chick: Melissa Hathaway

February 23, 2018

This week’s Badass Chick is Melissa Hathaway: a mom, a wife, a cancer warrior and a cancer caretaker. Oh, and a new grandma!

Almost exactly two years ago, Melissa was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and discovered that it had spread to her lymph nodes. Six weeks after her diagnosis, her husband Scott was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer and discovered that it had spread to his liver. Suddenly, Melissa was both a cancer fighter and a cancer caretaker all at the same time.

Melissa and Scott’s love story is pretty amazing. The two met online almost 20 years ago thanks to their strong shared faith, and they met at a time where neither one thought they would find someone else to spend the rest of their lives with. Melissa was extremely uncomfortable with her appearance, and Scott was legally blind — so Melissa jokes that she purposely met him at night for dinner so that he wouldn’t see the insecurities that she saw. But sure enough, Scott dragged her into the street light and saw how beautiful she is. The two got married, had a baby named Christian (see what they did there?! Too cute.), and Melissa’s other three children quickly became Scott’s children as well.

Melissa and Scott did their first five rounds of chemo together and have been fighting hard for two years to hold onto their faith, their family and their funny side throughout this journey. They often joke that they took their vows way too seriously in getting sick together. But amazingly, both Melissa and Scott have found ways to push through, including Melissa’s goal of finishing a book that she’s in the process of writing.

Not sure what’s more badass than being a mom, a wife, a cancer fighter and a cancer caretaker all at the same time; if superheroes exist, surely Melissa is one of them!

If you want to learn more about Melissa & Scott’s sweet story, click here, watch the video below and be sure to check out their fundraising page.


Loren’s Badass Chick of the Week highlights local women and girls giving back to the community, following their passion and/or breaking stereotypes. If YOU have a Badass Chick you want to see highlighted, email Loren@1033ampradio.com!

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