A family from Florida, three of whom are fighting cancer, are struggling to keep their restaurant open even as they are being treated.

It’s horrible to have one family member with cancer. But imagine that there are three people fighting that battle in the same family.

Back in 2015, Kathy Desclefs was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and has since been in and out of treatment.

Her husband, Benoit, discovered that he had a brain tumor in July.

Then, in October, Hodgkin’s lymphoma was diagnosed in their 17-year-old son, Luke.

Luke Desclefs, a high school senior, said he had no symptoms before he was diagnosed.

“It was too much, especially when it came back down to Luke. It was just too much,” Kathy said.

For 16 years, the family has owned and operated a French-American restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida, called The Magnificat Cafe. Benoit Desclefs is the cook, and his wife and four children have all worked there.

The Desclefs had to hire extra help and put the business up for sale because of their health struggles. But they’re saying they’re hoping to remain involved in daily operations.

Kathy said that for the strength to keep going, they rely on their faith.

“We are set up for God to show up because it’s so over the top,” she said.

This month, Benoit will start chemotherapy treatments. His son is already undergoing treatment.

Luke said he remains strong and positive toward his family.

Kathy Desclefs said her cancer type is rare, so she doesn’t know her prognosis. Doctors expect her husband to live for an additional 12 years. If her son responds to treatment, he has a good prognosis.

 

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