Benefit held for local teenage girl battling cancer

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT)- Folks in London came together today to support a local girl battling stage four cancer.

15-year-old Ivy Boggess was diagnosed in March with stage four Neuroblastoma, which is a type of cancer that is typically found in children under the age of five.

"It started with a bump on the head," said Natalie Grove, Ivy's Mother. "We had no idea. They did a scan to figure out what was going on and the next thing we know we're getting shipped to Lexington and surgery the next day."

With the diagnoses came an overwhelming amount of medical bills and travel expenses. So when the Kentucky Gamefowl Breeders Association heard about Ivy's condition, they decided to step in to help.

"Anytime we can take a chance to help a child we are going to do that," said Roger Wright, the Treasurer for the Kentucky Gamefowl Breeders Association.

Organizers held a cornhole tournament, meal and auction to raise money for Ivy's family.

They say the support from the community has been overwhelming and appreciated.

"You don't realize until you're in this position that even if your insurance covers everything, it gets really bad," said Kelly Grove, Ivy's Mother.

Unfortunately, Ivy could not attend the benefit because she is currently undergoing her fifth round of chemotherapy. However, her family says doctors are seeing progress in her condition.

"Even the doctor, when we checked in Friday, said she's doing fantastic," said Natalie Grove. "She can't believe how good she's doing."

We are told some of Ivy’s tumors have already disappeared.

If you would like to make a donation you can reach out to anyone at the Kentucky Gamefowl Breeders Association. Click here for their website.

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