Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tammy Green, an "inspiration to so many,'' dies at 38

Tammy Green, 38, always provided family and friends with a wide smile in her Moon Lake home, despite battling mesenchymal chondrosarcoma for 9 years.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

Tammy Green, 38, always provided family and friends with a wide smile in her Moon Lake home, despite battling mesenchymal chondrosarcoma for 9 years.

NEW PORT RICHEY — Tammy Green knew the grim statistics. Patients with her type of rare cancer seldom survive more than five years and she had managed nine.

She endured torturous surgeries and followup treatments, but still cheered others with her wide smile and sunny disposition. A hairdresser with a long list of faithful clients, she amused them by dying her own hair bright red.

She had mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, a cancer that attacks cartilage. Tumors kept showing up, and after two extended battles, Tammy decided this year she could not endure any more surgery. She hoped to enter an alternative clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, but she didn't have the money.

"I want to be there for my children,'' she said in January when interviewed for a Times story, surrounded by Tyler, 17, Kaylee, 11, Shayna, 10, and Chloe, 6, a "miracle baby'' who came along after it seemed impossible for Tammy to have any more.

Friends and family rallied to help her raise money for the treatment. Tammy's cousin, Angie Daughtery, created a Facebook page called "Tammy's Road to Hope,'' and on weekends hundreds of supporters took over gas station parking lots to wash cars. They raised thousands of dollars and finally, last month, cheered as Tammy, 38, boarded a plane to Tijuana.

She spent two weeks at the clinic and "felt great,'' said her cousin. For the first time in months she had an appetite and gained 12 pounds. This served as encouraging news and pictures for the Facebook page.

But when she returned home to New Port Richey, she lost feeling her legs. Her husband, Rich, an emergency medical technician, drove her to the hospital. An exam revealed a new tumor on her spine. She underwent surgery at Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville. She was scheduled for release on Wednesday (Aug. 15, 2012) when she developed respiratory problems and died at 10 p.m.

"She was a fighter,'' her husband said Friday, "an inspiration to so many. A body can only take so much.''

>>biography

Tammy Green

Born: Oct. 25, 1973

Died: Aug. 15, 2012

Survivors: Husband, Rich, son Tyler, daughters Kaylee, Shayna and Chloe, mother Sandy Metzler and father Robert Mitchell.

Services: Viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 9944 Hudson Ave.; memorial service 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

. biography

Tammy Green

Born: Oct. 25, 1973

Died: Aug. 15, 2012

Survivors: Husband, Rich, son Tyler, daughters Kaylee, Shayna and Chloe, mother Sandy Metzler and father Robert Mitchell.

Services: Viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Home, 9944 Hudson Ave.; memorial service 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, 6825 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

Tammy Green, an "inspiration to so many,'' dies at 38 08/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 7:56pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Editorial: Rubio, Bilirakis owe Floridians answers on drug law

    Editorials

    Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor have some explaining to do. They were co-sponsors of legislation making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after drug companies that distribute prescription pills to unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists, contributing to the deadly opioid crisis …

    Rep. Gus Bilirakis of Palm Harbor has some explaining to do. He was a co-sponsor of legislation making it harder for the Drug Enforcement Administration to go after drug companies that distribute prescription pills to unscrupulous doctors and pharmacists.
  2. Former Hillsborough school official files lawsuit alleging high-level corruption

    K12

    TAMPA — The fired human resources chief of the Hillsborough County School District is accusing district leaders and two School Board members of committing corrupt acts and then punishing her when she would not go along.

    Stephanie Woodford rose through the ranks of the Hillsborough County School District, then was fired as Chief of Human Resources on April 28. She's now suing the district, alleging numerous acts of corruption. [EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN | Times]
  3. District 6 Council candidate Justin Bean crisscrosses St. Petersburg

    Blogs

    ST. PETERSBURG – City Council District 6 candidate Justin Bean spent Thursday crisscrossing the city by bus, electric car and bike as part of a campaign to get his message out.
    His final stop was City Hall, where he spoke on the steps of the historic municipal building about what he referred to as the …

  4. Accident or murder? Jury soon to decide fate of Deandre Gilmore

    Crime

    TAMPA — Deandre Gilmore has never disputed that it was a mistake to leave his girlfriend's 19-month-old daughter unattended in a bathtub on May 7, 2014.

    Tampa police Officer James Parsons testifies as a photograph of 19-month-old Myla Presley is displayed Tuesday at Deandre Gilmore's murder trial. The photo was taken before the girl's death. .[CHRIS URSO   |   Times]
  5. Deputies: Dunedin man had an arsenal and images of schools

    Public Safety

    Deputies executing a search on a Dunedin home on Wednesday expected to find signs that a 24-year-old resident was in possession of child pornography.

    Pinellas deputies say Randall Drake, 24, left, had an arsenal of weapons and images of schools.