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Fundraiser for Rome Toddler Battling Cancer a 'Success'

Jun 23, 2013 -- 10:07am
By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News) 
Donations and support are pouring in for the two-year-old Rome girl fighting a rare form of brain cancer. 
 
Hundreds packed into Panhead City Wildside Saturday to celebrate Addison’s Day, an event centered around a toddler they call ‘Rome’s Bravest Baby Girl.’ In February, two-year-old Addison Compton was diagnosed with Anaplastic Astrocytoma Stage 3, a cancer that typically only attacks adults. Her mother, Samantha, says her child is only the second toddler ever diagnosed with this illness. 
 
“You have to hold your kids close to you because you never know. One night we were fine, the next night----she wasn’t fine anymore,” Samantha says, holding Addison in her arms. “You have to hold them close and love them. You have to take it day by day and never take anything for granted.” 
 
Initial estimates from the day’s fundraiser show over $1,000 raised to help offset Addison’s medical costs.
 
 
However, for the family, their little girl’s hospital bills aren’t the only ones they must account for. Addison’s father, Adam, is currently in the ICU at Emory University Hospital with acute liver failure.    
 
Torn between her husband and her daughter’s bedside, Samantha chose to stay behind to take care of her children and attend the fundraiser. 
 
“It’s just a blessing that people really have a heart to come and support a family that is going through hard times and dealing with a lot in life,” she says. “It’s nice to see a lot of support from our home. It’s nice.” 
 
If you’d like to help donate towards Addison’s family, visit Scarborough & Friends Foundation.org. 
 

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