Last Friday a benefit was held at the American Legion Legion Post 71 for 12 year old Hannah McCarthy. A resounding show of support was given by the Hot Springs community.
Residents, family and friends poured into the Legion to help raise money. Purple balloons, purple hair and Oakland Raiders gear could be seen throughout the room. Purple is McCarthy's favorite color and the Raiders are here favorite team.
There was a line out the door for the spaghetti dinner. Around 600 people were in attendance with just under 200 participating in the auction.
In mid-March, McCarthy was diagnosed with Juvenile Granulosa Cell Cancer.
She underwent emergency surgery to remove a large tumor, ovary, Fallopian tube, lymph nodes and omentum. An additional 42 pounds of fluid were removed due to the tumor rupturing.
Her condition is extremely rare, generally effecting older women. It is even rarer because the cancer spread to the pelvis and around the colon. McCarthy is the first documented case of this particular cancer spreading.
Currently, the plan for treatment is to start aggressive chemotherapy May 7 and consistent monitoring of the cancer in Rapid City.
Because of the rarity of her diagnosis and aggressive treatment plan, medical care will be costly. The goal for Friday's event was to help off-set some of the cost of treatment.
The evening began with a free will donation spaghetti feed, a live and silent auction was held afterwards, along with a silent auction and bake sale. A live band, The Good Ole Boys, was present for the dinner portion of the evening and a DJ followed the auction.
Hundreds of items were available to help fundraising, including: firearms, knives, taxidermy, collectibles, tools, jewelry, home decor, gift certificates and services. Two horses were auctioned off to start the evening.
For more information on how to help with the cause, contact Hannah's grandfather or mother, John or Jackie at 605-890-0539 or 605-890-1999, visit the Go Fund Me page at www.gofundme.com/3vv9z-hope-for-hannah and join the Facebook group Hope4Hannah.