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Stacie and Dottie Crimm: Mom with brain cancer avoids chemo to give her unborn child a better chance at lifeD

Sonya Colberg Published: October 23, 2011
Dottie Mae Crimm and her aunt Jennifer Phillips and her uncle Ray Phillips at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman
Dottie Mae Crimm and her aunt Jennifer Phillips and her uncle Ray Phillips at OU Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman

The TV anchor in Malta asked me some good questions about Oklahoma mom Stacie Crimm.

The brain cancer patient traded lifesaving chemotherapy so her unborn child would have a better chance at life. Stacie’s story of the ultimate sacrifice went viral and captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

So, several days after we ran my story on Stacie and baby Dottie, a producer urged me to share the story live during a Malta prime time segment on the true meaning of love.

Leslie Libreri, the anchor, asked if I was amazed by this story and why it got so much media attention.

Stacie’s brother, Ray Phillips, told me a few days earlier, “I’m a nervous wreck. I didn’t get a bit of sleep last night.” He said people had been calling and emailing from all over.

The story ran in The Oklahoman on Sunday. Almost immediately, we heard from producers, writers and interested folks from the Today Show, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, The Daily Mail, the BBC, along with stations, newspapers and magazines in Australia, Norway, London and other places.

Ray chose to talk just to The Oklahoman and later, the Today Show. He also graciously turned down numerous offers of donations.

Stacie Crimm, 41, is shown in this recent family picture. She refused chemotherapy for a brain tumor in order to deliver a healthy child. ORG XMIT: KOD
Stacie Crimm, 41, is shown in this recent family picture. She refused chemotherapy for a brain tumor in order to deliver a healthy child. ORG XMIT: KOD

I think people were captured by a mother’s unconditional love for her child, along with the nurses’ efforts to make sure Stacie got to hold her baby for the first and last time, just before Stacie died.

Ray thought his sister, who always shunned the limelight, would have been shocked at all the media attention.

He and his wife Jennifer are fulfilling their promise to Stacie to raise baby Dottie.

Ray said our story will be “all Dottie will ever need to know what a beautiful and kind person her mother was.”