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Brienne Lord Rohr, 31, was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, which is rare in anyone under age 50. (WLS)

A suburban Naperville community is rallying around a young mother with a rare cancer diagnosis.

Brienne Lord Rohr is a fighter, but she says she's not getting through this alone.

Her supporters call themselves "Brienne's Healing Hive" and there are hundreds of t hem who are working to raise funds.

In April, the 31-year-old mother wasn't feeling like herself. She had back pain and was exhausted, but chalked it up to being a mom with a one-year-old daughter.

"When I say extreme fatigue," said Mimi Cowan, cousin and family spokeperson. "She could barely even pick up the baby so she had just gotten totally weak."

Everything changed with a doctor's visit. Rohr was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, extremely rare for anyone under the age of 50. Pancreatic cancer is often not detected until it's spread and reached stage four.

"Worst part of it is the head trip," Rohr said. "It's just so hard to wrap your head around something like this."

Two rounds of chemotherapy didn't go well, so she's on a different path, eating a vegan diet and using homeopathic treatments.

"She is going to some cancer clinics, and those are not covered by insurance so there's substantial medical costs," Cowan said.

On Monday, a 'Roar for the Rohrs' event with music and margaritas was held in the tight-knit community pulling together for a family in need.

"I know that everything happens for a reason and just very lucky that I have all this support and help from everyone," Rohr said.

As for Rohr, said she taking things day by day.
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