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Benefit honors 7-year-old fighting cancer

By: Hannah Paczkowski

7-year-old Gigi Carrera is a fighter. The soon-to-be third grader has had two brain surgeries to remove three cancerous tumors, and just went through seven weeks of radiation. 

"I'm scared because I don't know what's in my future," Gigi told KLKN-TV in March, right before she started treatment.

Now, Gigi's proud to report that she graduated from radiation, Thursday. She's still just as spirited as she was a few months ago.

"The only thing we've really experienced is a slight loss of appetite, she just started getting a little more tired and some pretty severe burns to the back of her head," Gigi's mother Leah Carrera said.

None of that is stopping Gigi. She said her favorite song is "Hall of Fame" by The Script. In the music video, a ballerina with a hearing aid was struggling to keep up, Gigi said that story pushes her to keep fighting.

"She kept on trying to do the landing, but she couldn't make it and the last thing she finally made it because she was imagining what she could do at the performance," she said. "I'm trying to figure out what I can do, no matter what, even when I have cancer, I'm trying to believe in myself no matter what."

Inspiring words from a little girl who has touched many. Saturday, friends and family are holding a benefit in her honor at the Plainview Country Club to raise money for medical bills and various expenses. It's an event where Gigi is going to be the star of the show. She said that's just the way she likes it.

"I'm like Miley Cyrus, but no.." Gigi said.

The event in Plainview will start with a Poker Run Ride to honor a family friend, and then will end at Gigi's benefit. For information on the benefit, go to!/teamgigi55

You can also donate at any Union Bank under Leah Carrera and "Gigi's Donations".

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