A 38-year-old mother of two has died of breast cancer after losing a heartbreaking battle for custody of her children in part because she was terminally ill.
Alaina Giordano of North Carolina was granted permission to have her son Bud, 6, and daughter Sofia, 11, by her side in her final days. She died on Monday, June 25th.
In April of last year, North Carolina judge Nancy Gordon ruled that the children's father, Kane Snyder, would get custody because of the advanced stage of the illness. The controversial ruling spurred an outpouring of support from friends, cancer survivors and others who disagreed with the judge's decision.
Friends and family announced her death in a post on a Facebook page Friday, June 29 explaining they waited until after the funeral service due to the public nature of the case.
"On the morning of Monday, June 25th, my dear friend Alaina, daughter, sister, loving mother and courageous example to thousands all over the world, ended her battle with stage 4 cancer. I resist using the word "succumbed" because Alaina has not lost this battle…and her death will not be in vain," a friend wrote in a Facebook post.
Giordano was first diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2007. When she and Snyder separated in 2010, he tried successfully to get custody of their two children. The kids moved from North Carolina to Chicago to live with their father.
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