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Fundraising efforts underway in Humboldt, KS for 5-year-old battling rare type of cancer

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HUMBOLDT, KANSAS - Fundraising efforts are underway in Humboldt, KS for a 5-year old girl battling a rare type of cancer.

5-year-old Cheyenne Reno loves spending time with family members, who are working to keep her smiling.

"She's got cancer everywhere," said Chelsea Reno, mother. "That's the hardest thing to take when you don't know everyday when you wake up if that baby's going to be alive or not, and that's what I'm scared of. I want to give this baby a fighting chance because she's a strong, eager lady."

Cheyenne has been battling cancer for the past 18 months.

After finding out about three weeks ago that the cancer has spread, she is now undergoing at-home chemotherapy, radiation treatments and visits Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City once a week, expenses that add up quickly.

"I want to do everything I can," said Justin Reno, father.

"Just a little donation will help us so much," Chelsea Reno said.

Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma, Cheyenne's type of cancer, is so rare that just 350 cases are reported each year.

"This is a potentially curable cancer," said Boban Mathew, MD at Via Christi Cancer Center. "Diagnosing it early, taking the right treatment at the appropriate time is extremely important, and finances should not be delaying the treatment."

Because Cheyenne's parents are both recently unemployed and do not yet know how much insurance coverage they will receive from the state, they're trying to sell everything possible at a benefit garage sale to help afford the treatment Cheyenne needs.

Family members say it's Cheyenne's contagious smile that continuously gives them hope.

"It just brightens your day because she knows what you're going through, but she puts her feelings off to the side and makes you smile too," Chelsea Reno said.

The garage sale benefit for Cheyenne continues all day tomorrow at 1020 Sycamore Street in Humboldt, KS.

The family is also collecting donations on a GoFundMe page at http://www.gofundme.com/v9qem4c.
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