Spokane Valley community rallies to raise money for 3-year-old




Posted on March 16, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 17 at 9:04 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash—More than 20 strangers volunteered at a fundraiser Sunday to help a 3-year-old boy fighting cancer.

The family found out 3-year-old Layton Tannahill had neuroblastoma in early March when he had to be carried by life-flight from Clarkston to Spokane.  Tannahill immediately began treatment at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

Community members, such as Tabatha Lowe, banded together to raise money for the family’s expenses.

Lowe said she saw the family’s story on Facebook.

“It just really touched my heart,” she said. “There’s cancer in my family as well. It’s one of those moments where you have to try to band together and try to make a difference.”

Lowe gathered more than 20 of her friends and organized a car wash, raffle and bake sale in front of Sassy’s Salon on Sprague Avenue.

“You see a picture of a little boy and it tugs at your heart strings and you just want to help,” she Lowe said.

Sassy’s Salon Owner, Vanessa Ford, helped at least four other families in just over a year since she opened her business.

“I’ve experienced a lot in my life,” Ford said. “I always believe in taking an experience and paying it forward.”

In less than one week, dozens of other businesses jumped on board, donating proceeds and other things for Layton.

One donor, Kris Stanford, brought toys.

"I believe strongly in our community and when we get together we stand together and we pull together,” Stanford said. “These are the kids of the future so we got to help them."

To make a donation, visit Lowe’s campaign here. 

Information about the events Sunday and other fundraisers is posted on Sassy Salon’s Facebook page here.