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Army of Volunteers Battle for Kayla Rose

Lu Sutton second grader Kayla Rose Dehnert and her family continue to fight her cancer while the community fights to help them win the battle.

By now, most of you have learned of the fight is taking on, and how the community has stepped in and stepped up and stepped out to help her and her family.

Seven-year-old Kayla had a brain tumor removed just months ago and is now undergoing aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatment at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Tennessee. She and her family had a break in treatment for a few short weeks but are back in Tennessee for another round.

In the midst of facing the challenge, the family has found out just how loved they are. An army of friends, classmates, relatives, customers and strangers has formed, all under the banner of , and they have done their best to make sure the Dehnerts stay focused on Kayla getting well rather than worrying about how to pay the bills.

It's easy to join this army, and here are a few ways you can help in the next couple of weeks.

On Sunday, March 18, five seasoned stylists at are giving 100 percent of the proceeds from all haircuts to the Curing Kayla Rose Fund. That's $30 for every child, $50 for every man and $60 for every woman who gets a haircut that day and brings a copy of the attached flier. Not 10 percent. 100 percent.

On Monday, March 19, is the place to be. On that day, a portion of all food -- take-out or dine-in -- will be donated to the fund. In need of some gift cards? Part of all gift cards sold that day will go into the fund. Make sure you take a copy of the uploaded flier with you to Mary's that day.

On Saturday, March 24, come enjoy one of two musical performances at . Mariachi Nueva Luz De San Marcos and Mariachi Lost Cascabelitos De Mexico will knock your zapatos off at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. All proceeds from the $15 ticket price will go into the fund. Tickets are available at Tommy's Salsa or through All Saints Lutheran Church by calling 892-1669.

On Thursday, March 29, is hosting a Dine & Donate event for the Dehnerts. Print out the attached coupon, take it with you that day, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the fund.

It looks like there are plenty of opportunities this month to join in the battle that is Curing Kayla Rose. Camouflage attire is optional.

You can find out about other opportunities to help Kayla and her family by going to the Curing Kayla Rose Dehnert Facebook page. Kayla's mother, Annie, also has a blog set up to let people know how the battle goes.

Andrea Swetland March 13, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I think it's wonderful how a community will gather together in such a way to help this little girl. I get weekly if not daily updates from my 6 year old daughter about Kayla whom she doesn't even know but I think it's great that she thinks about her, prays for her and worries about her. I will let her decide which activity we will do but we will do our part.
Patty Maher March 13, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Andrea, I think you must be modeling some fabulous caring of your own to have your six-year-old thinking the way she does!

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