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THE COLONY (CBSDFW.COM) - At the Lance home in The Colony, the mood is very calm, but somber. Jason Lance is doing all he can to keep his son, Dooley, busy. “With everything we’ve gone through, I don’t know where I would be without him now,” said Jason Lance. “He’s my anchor.”

The family is coping after Debbie Lance’s death. It comes two and a half years after their son, Montana, hung himself at his elementary school in The Colony.

Debbie and Jason were just at the CBS 11 News studio sharing their story of heartache. Saturday night, she was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital in Plano and did not get any better. “She was having chest pains,” said Jason. “It was like a light switch. She just was talking and then stopped.”

Debbie had several heart surgeries in recent years. She suffered from Marfan syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that affected her connective tissue. “I think it was a broken heart,” said Jason. “With all the stress from her work and the case, I’m guessing it just built up.”

The mother has already buried two sons, Montana and a baby boy named Maverick, who only lived for two days. Now the family copes again, and Jason is trying to figure out how to explain yet another death to their only remaining child. “Dooley said on the way home from the hospital, he said, ‘Daddy, I forgot to tell Mommy something.’ I said, ‘What, baby?’ ‘I forgot to tell Mommy to tell Bubba hi for me,’” said Jason, before pausing for a moment to think about that.

Debbie refused to stay silent about her son, Montana. Her husband and son now vow that they will not stop Debbie’s fight against bullying, even though it will be hard without her. “She would haunt us if we stopped our bullying campaign,” said Jason with a small laugh.

Debbie wanted her organs donated but, because of her health problems, that is not possible. Her family is hoping to donate her body so that more research can be done on Marfan Syndrome.

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