Benefit to help family stricken with childhood cancer

The rare cancer affects only 300 children nationwide each year, and at least two local girls have been diagnosed
January 8, 2014 3:20:59 PM PST
Two little girls from the Triangle have both been diagnosed with an extremely rare disease.

The two girls got a chance to meet each other face to face as one of the families continues their cancer fight and prepares for an upcoming benefit in their daughter's name.

Two-year-old Amber Lunn was diagnosed with Retinoblastoma this past summer. The cancer of the eyes affects 300 children across the country each year. The disease has claimed one of the toddler's eyes, and she is currently undergoing chemotherapy to shrink tumors in her other eye.

The treatment she needs is very specialized so she must fly to New York City periodically. The treatment is very costly for her Holly Springs family and a benefit aims to help them out financially.  

A benefit will be held Jan. 18 at Delightful Inspirations in Raleigh to help raise money for the family's mounting medical bills and to help raise awareness about the rare childhood cancer.

Meanwhile, Amber's parents have found support from another local family whose daughter Morgan also lost an eye to the disease, but is now cancer-free.

Amber's mom wants to share her story so that other families know what to watch out for in order to catch the cancer in time. One tell-tale sign that popped up in Amber's pictures early on was an indicator that something was wrong.

"When you normally have flash photography you're accustomed to a red eye, but with retinoblastoma you have a white eye, so all her pictures her eye would be white," mother Amanda Lunn said.

Tickets to the event can be purchased at the door or online now at a discounted rate. Click here for more information on Amber's Aspirations.

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