Rachel Jones of Portsmouth helped sell T-shirts. A friend of Lance Justice, Kayleigh’s father, she said she was there to help anyway she could.
Kayleigh, daughter of Valerie Justice of New Boston and Lance Justice of Wheelersburg, is 3 years old and in a fight against cancer. She was diagnosed Aug. 7 with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that frequently originates in one of the adrenal glands, but can also develop in nerve tissues in the neck, chest, abdomen or pelvis. She has already had one operation, at which time her left adrenal gland was removed
Her mother said the response for the benefit had been good, and even though the weather was cloudy, there were many people in attendance.
She said Kayleigh is doing well and that doctors had recently told the family there is no cancer in Kayleigh’s bone marrow. She has been on aggressive chemotherapy and will require two bone marrow transplants and possibly low doses of radiation. Her doctors have said this process could take as long as two-and-a-half years.
In addition to a number of local bands taking the stage to entertain, the event also featured a silent auction, chicken noodle dinners, raffles and a motorcycle run.
Proceeds will go to help the family pay for Kayleigh’s care and to pay for such things as gasoline for trips back and forth to Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
For more information or to help, call Kayleigh’s aunt, Amber Stewart, at (740) 456-4593 or (740) 961-0835
DEBORAH DANIELS can be reached at (740) 353-3101, ext. 234.