Couple fighting cancer

Amanda and Francis Ryall are both fighting cancer. (Aadel Haleem/CBC News)

More than 100 people attended a charity luncheon that raised $6,000 to support a Tecumseh couple who are both fighting cancer.

Amanda and Francis Ryall, both nurses, have four children between the ages of 5 and 9.

Over the weekend, the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario held a community pasta fundraiser for the family.

Francis Ryall was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2011, which has spread to his liver.

His wife, Amanda, was diagnosed with breast cancer last fall.

"Francis still has a long future with cancer. Unfortunately it's not leaving him," said Amanda. "For me, I'm hoping to be done. I have a couple of surgeries ahead of me. I hope to go to back to work in mid-June, which is great."

The couple says they give their children as much age-appropriate information as they want.

"We keep it real. We don't live every day with cancer. It's just something that we have and we keep it as normal and as real as possible," she said. "Cancer doesn't define us or define who we are or what we do. It hasn't. It never did before."