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Mississippi Ballet Theatre dancers raise money for friend fighting cancer

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RAYMOND, MS (WLBT) - At just four years old, Abbie Gatewood is in the fight of her young life, battling stage 4 neuroblastoma.

"The child's amazing. She is right now in the hospital, but she's tough. I mean she can do anything," said Gatewood's aunt, Shelly Skelton.

While receiving chemotherapy to attack the cancer, the little girl is staying at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital. Knowing Abbie would miss their dance recital, Mississippi Ballet Theatre dancers decided to dedicate the day to her.

"We just wanted to do something for our little girl and so we decided to have a fundraiser tonight after our recital to raise some money for her family because they've had so many hospital stays," said Mississippi Ballet Theatre Director Allison LeBlanc.

The cook out drew dozens of people and even more donations. Abbie's fellow ballerinas chipped in too.

"We decided to get that jug and just make something for Abbie to put the money in. I hope she can get that money and just get toys or get something really fun to play with," said six-year-old Harlie Hendon.

Mississippi Blood Services was on hand to collect another type of donation. 

"For the people who donate blood for Abbie, all the donating is credited toward her for her future blood products she will need," said April Porter, with Mississippi Blood Services.

Although Abbie could not be there she was on everyone's mind and pray their support will help bring a quick recovery.  

"We hope she gets feeling better real soon and come back to dance class because the girls miss her a lot," said LeBlanc.

If you are interested in helping the Gatewood Family, donations can be made in Abbie or her mother's name, Brandy Gatewood, at Merchant and Planters Bank.

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