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Race Held for Child Fighting Leukemia


Reporter: Melinda Zosh 

Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg community has come together to help a little girl who is fighting cancer.

Four-year-old Issy Stover was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. On Saturday, a four-mile race was held in her honor called "Issy's Race for Life."

Hundreds of runners have stepped in to help cover her medical costs.

A crowd of 369 runners and walkers blazed down the Blackwater Creek trail just behind Amazement Square. Sarah Stover, Issy's mother, was one of them.

"They had written little signs on the pavement that said 'if you think this hard, try chemo, and it was emotional," said Sarah Stover.

It's been an uphill battle for Sarah and her husband, Jeff. About a year ago, they noticed something was wrong with their daughter, Issy. Doctors then diagnosed Issy with a rare, rapid growing form of leukemia.

"Anyone who's a parent, to have your daughter faced with a life-threatening disease such as leukemia, it was devastating at the beginning," said Jeff Stover.

Issy's had dozens of treatments at UVA since her diagnosis a year ago. Brain radiation and chemo seem to be helping, but it's still taking a toll.

"She's so little and to be able to take that, you just have to be her strength and we get that strength from the Lord," said Sarah Stover.

Issy's parents say it's going to be a long road to recovery. She's due for monthly rounds of chemo at UVA for the next year.

"And each day is a battle, but we keep going," said Sarah Stover.

Some of Issy's medical bills..will be covered thanks to support from the community. The Stovers say that money will really help.

"We  thank God every day that she's with us, and I really think she's going make it through it," said Jeff Stover.

The race for Issy has brought in more than $5,000 so far.  Race organizers say they're still counting recent donations, so the total will continue to climb.

If you'd like to help, you can make a donation. You can donate here: https://www.wepay.com/donations/21322

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