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Community holds fundraiser for young girl battling cancer

Local - 1/25/2013 6:09 PM by Karen Franklin
OAK HILL - While 16-year-old Jaime Massey stays in Charleston, friends and family organized a benefit to raise money for her.

The high school student was diagnosed with leukemia just weeks ago.

"All the kids love her at school," her great aunt Sharon Dickinson said. "She's a cheerleader. She plays soccer. She's just a beautiful child."

Micayla Hudnell, Jaime's friend and soccer teammate, had similar words.

"She's very outgoing," she told WOAY. "She's very loveable. Everybody likes her."

Organizers for the event said on Saturday they sold more than 1,800 pasta dinners, each of which were sold for $10. They said they received even more donations.

The fundraiser to pay for her cancer treatment was originally planned by her coworkers at Cafe 110, but overwhelming support moved the event to the Lewis Community Foundation Christian Community Center.

"When you're in a small town, I think it's always like this," Dickinson said. "Everybody supports one another, and it's kind of wonderful to have that support from a small town."

One of the events many organizers, Patty Keith, said the support makes her thankful to live in a close-knit community.

"It makes you very happy to live in a place like West Virginia," she said. "This is about good people that, you know, will help each other when there's a need."

Profits from $10 dollar pasta dinners will go to the Massey family, and although organizers for the event believe snowy conditions may hinder efforts, the group was already halfway to their goal by midday.

"She would do anything for anybody, and I want to return the favor," Hudnell said. "I know if it was me, she would do everything she could to help me, so I want to help her in any way I can."

Jaime is the third person in her family to be diagnosed with cancer in the last few years, but they're confident she'll pull through.

"It's just been horrific for the family, but we all know what a hard fight it is, but we're in for it," Dickinson said. "And Jaime, we know Jaime's going to be a warrior."

Jaime's cousin had a message for her supporters.

"We just want everybody to know that Jaime's following treatment very well," her cousin Wendy Bradley said. "She's coming through everything very strong. Everything's going according to plan. There's no setbacks, and we're all very thankful for the support."

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