Tri-State family, friends welcome home cancer patient stranded in Houston by Hurricane Harvey

Posted at 3:42 AM, Sep 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-03 03:44:36-04

HEBRON, KY. -  A few days ago, Amy Lake of Lawrenceburg was helplessly stranded - a cancer patient unable to get her treatments at a Houston hospital and unable to get home.

That’s because Hurricane Harvey had closed the hospital and the airport. So you can appreciate the anxiety she must have felt then and the relief she must have felt Saturday night when she landed back at CVG and buried herself in the loving  hugs of her children and family and her army of friends.

Dozens of people wearing Amy’s Army T-shirts and carrying balloons and signs rushed to greet Lake as she hugged her children, who were waiting at the escalator.

"Overwhelmed. I couldn't get my head,” Lake said after the commotion had died down. “Every place I kept seeing so much love. I love every single one of these people so much."

The arrival of Frontier Flight 1158 meant a long-awaited reunion for Lake, her husband and daughter Madisyn Morgan and son Miles Stein.

The kids were nervous as they checked the arrival board – the plane was 35 minutes late – and peered past security down the long airport corridor for the first sight of her. 

"I just want to give her a hug, and tell her I love her,” Madisyn said.

“I just want to spend more time with her,” said Miles.

“Yeah, it’s been a while,” said Madisyn.

Soon everyone was in tears.

“Give me hugs,” Lake said and looked up to a big surprise – a crowd of supporters.

"Stop, stop, stop. Oh my god," Lake exclaimed.

Ranee Hinton spoke for Lake’s friends.

"She's meant so much to so many people. She's been so selfless. She has so much integrity. She's going to hate this. She hates attention," Hinton said.

Lake will return to Houston in six months for another surgery and follow up scans. In the meantime, she’ll make up for lost time.

"Healing. I go home to heal. I've got a lot of healing to do. Back with the family," Lake said.