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Auburn community rallies behind AU student battling cancer

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

In 2013, 18-year-old Kayla Perry was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer, neuroblastoma.

After enduring 15 months of treatment, scans returned only to reveal the cancer had grown.

"The goal then changed from curing my cancer to stabilizing my cancer," explains Parry in her YouTube video.

Perry's doctor sat her down and told her that anything she wanted to experience or do before passing away, she should start, if she were to lose her life.

She is now in her first semester at Auburn University, with plans to be a nurse practitioner treating childhood cancer.

"I decided what was most important was continuing to chase my goals and dreams," explains Perry.

In the midst of school work and treatments, Kayla found time to launch an initiative, Open Hands Overflowing Hearts that has gained attention nationwide.

Its goal is to raise money to find a cure for all pediatric cancers, and the "100 Ways 100 Days" campaign is challenging everyone to get involved.

"This specific campaign is focused on what individuals can do to use their own talents and gifts to raise money," explains Perry

Five-year-old, Jackson Melton of Auburn has accepted Perry's challenge and hosted a lemonade stand in Auburn Wednesday, October 1, to raise funds for childhood cancer.

Jackson set a goal of $1,000 and with the help of the community has raised nearly $2,000 for his friend, Kayla, and the fight.

"The fact that we are able to come together for such an important cause and I think pediatric cancer hits close to home with anyone," explains Jackson's mom, Julie Melton.

To donate to the cause visit www.openhandsoverflowinghearts.org.

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