Woman signs up for state-of-the-art treatment


Donna and Doug Hacker at their home in Franklin. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

Franklin resident Donna Hacker was diagnosed in January with breast cancer. PHOTO BY JOSHUA MARSHALL

The car was silent as the three occupants drove to Community Hospital South.

Donna Hacker was scheduled for surgery that morning to remove a small tumor from her left breast. She was going to be one of the first people in Indiana to receive a state-of-the-art radiation treatment at the same time, and she was terrified.

Her husband, Doug, and daughter, Rachel Fitch, rode with her. The pressure of the situation seemed to squeeze them inside the car.

Then, Doug Hacker made a move. Flipping on his iPod, he played the party song “Red Solo Cup,” which his wife had been singing almost nonstop since it came out.

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