For many, Super Bowl weekend is about funny commercials, good food and a friendly team rivalry, but one local business is using this weekend to help a family in need.
Owners of The Station in Abilene are holding a fundraiser for Addison Grace Juarez, a little girl who has a rare form of cancer called fibrosarcoma.
Although Addison looks like a healthy baby girl, in reality she’s had medical problems from birth. At three months old she had open heart surgery and since then has had cancer that’s had her fighting for her life.
Since the medical bills are piling up, The Station has asked the community to help them raise at least $5,000 by buying raffle tickets and participating in a silent auction during this weekend.
Robert Ascencio, owner of The Station, said other local businesses have been generous in their giving.
“We had free rounds of golf from the country club. We've had other gift certificates from a lot of people; Logan's, Texas Roadhouse, Chili's -- all kinds of restaurants around town,” Ascencio said.
Addison’s parents have been by their daughter’s side after her most recent surgery, but in an email they said they were constantly encouraged by the support of friends and family.
“It's been a very difficult and scary battle for 18 months, but thanks to the community, their love, support and prayers have helped us more than we could ever explain,” Addison’s mother said in an e-mail. “God has brought so many wonderful people together to fight with us.”
If you would like to donate online, visit Paypal and use The Station’s e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.