Gibson County girl, Hailee Cunningham, has an inoperable tumor on her spine. Weeks of chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and other medical needs all take their toll on the family and their finances. "It's amazing. I've said it before, but it's hard to ask for help," says Rachel Cunningham, Hailee's mother.
Now, the Cunninghams get some help through the Icemen, after a family friend reaches out to the sports team. "When he gave us Hailee's story, we jumped all over it," says Luke Burket with the Icemen. A fundraiser, purchasing tickets ahead of time, raises around nineteen-hundred dollars for the Cunningham family.
The Icemen say it's more than winning on the ice, it's about giving back to their community. "That's what makes it fun. That's what makes all of the hours working here, worth it. We try to help them out," says Burket.
For the Cunningham's, it was more than a fundraiser, it was a night out as a family. Hailee drops the ceremonial puck to kick off the game. "She was all for it. She doesn't want to share the puck with her brother," says Cunningham.
"We love Hailee. She is such a little fighter," says family friend Heather Dawson. Hailee's community, family, and friends enjoy the game while helping the cause. Tonight her battle isn't one she fights alone, thanks to the Icemen. "For everybody to come out as a community, or even to purchase tickets to get that money to her, and help her family out during this time, it's amazing."
Here are some ways to help the Cunningham family.
-Donate to Hailee's fund at Fifth Third Bank.
-Join the 'Prayers For Hailee Cunningham' FaceBook page for information on upcoming events.
To view the Prayers for Hailee Cunningham FaceBook page click on this link <https://www.facebook.com/groups/heartsforhailee/>. You can also follow Hailee's progress through this link. <http://www.heartsforhailee.org/>