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5k fun run for sick toddler raises thousands of dollars

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By: KLKN Newsroom

Hundreds of people ran to show their support on Saturday for a two-year-old girl who has cancer that's taken over her entire body.

Leyna Ahlschwede is known to many as Princess Leyna. She has a rare childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma, making it hard for her to have a real childhood.

With the outpouring of support and high-fives from runners as they crossed the finish line at Good Life Fitness, her parents said they are eternally grateful.

"It was just amazing, just to see this big, long line of people that have all come out bright and early on this cold dreary morning to run for Leyna and we are just so appreciative of that," Karri Schiers-Ahlschwede, Leyna's mom, said.

"The world we live in, you know, there's so much of this that goes on for one person to single my family out and help us," Mitch Ahlschwede, Leyna's dad, said. "It's just amazing."

Good Life Fitness raised more than $4,000 at the 5k, and it has another fundraiser going on now, too.

It'll donate one dollar for every pound people lose during the 10 Week Transformation Challenge.

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