Family battling cancer now faces eviction

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The Lilly family faces eviction at the end of the month.

Update: After our story aired, the management company and landlord decided the family could stay. Read our follow-up story.


PORTLAND, Ore. – A family already facing cancer now faces eviction from their apartment.

It's been bad since one of the family's little girls started fighting cancer. Now someone else in the family is fighting cancer while they all fight being kicked out of their home.

Melissa Weiser-Lilly's almost 12-year-old daughter, Aly, has been fighting a touch-and-go battle with cancer for years. It was documented in a video made for Beaverton High School's Sparrow Week event.

"My name's Aly, and I have two tumors," she says in the video. "One, an optic nerve growth and one's a peanut."

"Peanut" is their nickname for one cancer growth. The fight hasn't been easy.

"They said that a reoccurring 'peanut' is most likely fatal," Melissa says in the video. "And the best thing they could do – the best thing they could do is hit her with chemo and hope for the best."

Then last November Aly's dad, Jeremy Lilly, learned he has a brain tumor, too.

"It's about the size of a quarter on the left hemisphere of my brain – really close to the speech center," he said. "So in the next couple months we decided to go in and do surgery."

Now on top of everything else, the family faces eviction from their Cedar Hills apartment.

At first, the landlord said they were too messy and damaged the apartment. They fixed the damage and cleaned things up.

"And then they are still kicking us out," Melissa said. "We have 10 days to get out of here, and we don't have a place to go."

Neighbors are so upset they're raising money to help the family pay medical bills and petitioning the landlord not to evict them.

"I've gotten to know Melissa and Jeremy, and they're just sweet, kindhearted people," said neighbor Lisa Mann. "And they deserve a break. They've been through enough."

KATU News tried several times to contact Portland's C&R Real Estate Services, which is evicting the family. But all a receptionist would say is "no comment."