RENO, NV - A little girl turns six Monday, but she didn't have the birthday party you'd expect. The community held a fundraiser, so her family can afford to take her to Oakland to get chemotherapy.
"This is an outpouring from our community to help Kymberly and her family, it's really that simple," says James Johns.
Kymberly is celebrating her 6th birthday Monday. She's also battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. It was a little over a year ago, Kymberly's parents took her to the doctor after she was complaining about a cough. Her doctor immediately ran tests, the Nattress family soon learned their four year old had cancer.
Kymberly and her family went straight to Oakland's Children Hospital.
Throughout this tough year, her family has faced some financial trouble, but that's when the community stepped in.
"Some of the people that helped put together this fundraiser found that Kymberly's family was having difficulty to take care of all the bills and in some cases get her over the hill to Oakland where she could be taken care," says Johns.
Kymberly will have to travel to Oakland every three months for chemo treatment through August of next year.
The goal was to raise enough money so the family doesn't have to worry about the travel cost to Oakland. Organizers of the event say they well exceeded that goal.
Kymberly was dressed up as Snow White, and as any child, she was very excited about all her birthday gifts.
But for her family, the biggest birthday gift of all, is seeing her smile.
If you weren't able to make it to Monday's fundraiser, and would still like to make a donation, you donate at any US Bank under Kymberly Nattress.