6th Annual Forever Angels Carnival

Posted By: Camila Orti

Hundreds of people attended a kids carnival to help raise money for Forever Angels.

The nonprofit organization helps support families with children who have serious medical conditions. Their 6th annual event was held in the parking lot of Aspen Athletic Club in South Lincoln.

“I just love carnivals, and this is my first one that represents me!” 7-year-old cancer patient Gianna Carrera said.

With Gianna’s energy, you wouldn’t think she’s been undergoing radiation treatments for brain cancer 5 days a week since April.

“It’s just something really good and positive to focus on because it’s been such a rough patch,” Gianna’s mom Leah said.

Forever Angels has been hosting kids carnivals for six years. The event raises money to support families like Gianna’s that are fighting serious illnesses.

“Take a little bit of stress off the parent, let them be home with their child and be able to take care of them and not have the extra burden,” Organizer Jaime Sanks said.

The event also gives sick kids and their families an escape from the countless hours spent in hospitals. The carnival had everything from dozens of games and raffles to facepainting and even a dunk tank.

Gianna was one of four kids honored at the event, meaning she got VIP treatment.

“I’m really happy today because I get everything for free,” she said.

Organizers estimate around $10,000 were raised and more than 500 people attended.

If you couldn’t make it out but are interested in donating, you can give money online here. Forever Angels also has an account set up at Wells Fargo banks.