Community helps family take cancer to the mat - WNEM TV 5

Community helps family take cancer to the mat

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Below is the original story TV5 did on Cassidy Christie, a then 10-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Cassidy's Facebook page announced on Oct. 27 that treatments have been unsuccessful and she has been taken home from the hospital to spend time with her family.

We’re very heartbroken to be writing this note to let you know that Cassidy’s cancer treatments are not working enough to eradicate the cancer and the cancer is in fact being very aggressive and has moved to her spine as well as other areas in her brain. At this point she is not taking any chemo that will kill the cancer. She is still taking a lot of medicines 3x a day to help with side effects and her pain and discomfort seems to be managed well. Baring a true miracle from God, our intention is to spend every minute with Cassidy doing whatever she wants. We brought her home from the hospital last week and she has already had tons of good and sad times with family and friends and our hope is she’ll have many more! She really wants to go to Disney, so we are going! Everyone has already been so generous with thoughts, prayers and funds that it’s overwhelming. We can’t say enough and there are no words to express how the entire community (near and far) fought right alongside Cassidy during this horrible cancer. We are beside ourselves as we thought we were kicking cancers butt and Cassidy is so special to us and everyone. We’ll keep posting pics and let you know how Cassidy is doing. Above all and most important to us is to keep praying for that miracle – we don’t know how or why God chooses to provide miracles but we do know that it is His Will and not ours.

Anyone interested in helping Cassidy's family get her to Disney can donate on her GoFundMe page.

A haircut is a normal occasion for any 10-year-old, but not for Cassidy.

"Something you're never prepared to hear," Cassidy's dad Peter Christie said. 

Just a few weeks ago, her parents got the news. Their little Cassidy has cancer.

"She started having ear and jaw pain which was of course diagnosed as ear infection," Christie explained. 

After antibiotics failed, the fifth-grader underwent more tests. Doctors eventually diagnosed her with a rare form of cancer, stage two embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.

With a few rounds of chemo under her belt and radiation coming up, the bills will soon be pouring in. But the community isn't letting the Christies go it alone. 

"Texts, emails, messages on Facebook, private messages that I've been getting from all sorts of people, it's been very humbling," Christie said. 

"Our daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer about three years ago and I know what it was like for us to go through this," Ultimate Championship Wrestling's Tim Burt said.

Burt and his colleagues at UCW are hoping to take down cancer, but not before Cassidy's dad, a professional wrestler, gets a swing at it. 

The UCW family hopes it can lay cancer out on the mat, giving Cassidy and her family the support they need.

The UCW's 13th anniversary show begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Prime Event Center on Washington Avenue in Bay City.

If you'd like to help the Christies in their fight against cancer, you can donate to their GoFundMe campaign.

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