A little girl's journey with cancer brought strangers together in Houston

- An estimated half-million Texans were living with cancer in 2012, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Those numbers have since grown.

On Sunday, a fundraiser was held at the Firehouse Saloon in Houston, TX for Laekyn Etheridge, a Houston native battling cancer.

Many in the crowd did not know Laekyn, who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2014. Her mother said Laekyn had received a bone marrow transplant but since relapsed. The little girl was too ill to attend her own event.

Attendees were inspired to support the family after hearing that a recent fundraiser for the little girl had fallen through.

"We should all come together and help each other whenever we see someone in need," said Amy Votaw, co-organizer of the event. "My daughter, she had a blood infection when she was a little girl, and we almost lost her. We've been doing charities off and on since she was a little girl."

The day was filled with fashion shows, princesses, raffles and BBQ to benefit the Etheridge family.

Kim Imber, the wife of the Firehouse Saloon owner, said her mail carrier told her about the event. She decided to get involved, even without knowing the family. Such was the case for many other donors and vendors who took part.

Laekyn's mother walked home with $4,300 and a new circle of support. Organizers say they hope to make the event an annual tradition. They plan to select a new family each year.

To support Laekyn, visit gofundme.com/hbw3s7fb

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