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2 year old with cancer draws community support

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By: Sabrina Ahmed
SAhmed@klkntv.com 

A girl not even two years old has stage four cancer and is getting support from the Lincoln community to get through the fight.

Leyna Ahlschwede is supposed to be out playing in the yard and acting like a child, she's instead going through treatments that make her barely able to stay awake.

She's become known to people as Princess Leyna, a 20 month old girl who has a cancer that's taken over her entire body.  We spoke to her parents earlier this year about the cancer.  They said she doesn't understand it but it's really hard to handle.

"Even though the diagnosis is scary and every step of this is scary, we have to believe that she is going to get better and that she's going to be cured. There's no other way to get up in the morning and keep going day to day," they said.

The cancer is called Neuroblastoma.  It's left a cantaloupe–sized tumor in her belly, spread to her bone marrow, even behind her eyes.  She's been struggling through treatment for about 2 months now, and the community has decided to step up to help.

Family friend Steve Auxier at Good Life Fitness will host a run Saturday morning.

"For Leyna, it's a great idea and a great cause—and any way that we can help her out and help her family," Auxier said.

Auxier said he will do anything he can to help his friend going through such a tough time.  He hopes this will make the fight for Leyna's life a little bit easier.

"Really focus in on getting better and better by 1 percent every day and I really felt this was a good way to help her out and her journey she has," Auxier said.

Leyna is still growing up.  She can walk now. And her parents say they're trying to help her grow up the most normal life possible.

The run is at Goodlife Fitness Saturday morning at 8.  It's 20 dollars and anyone can show up.  If you didn't pre–register, you won't get a T shirt, but your support will be greatly appreciated.

If you're interested in donating, you can call Goodlife at 402.343.4444.  You can make a donation online or drop it off to their location near 3rd and Van Dorn.

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