Local pizza restaurant hosts fundraiser for 7-year-old cancer patient


by KREM.com


Posted on June 20, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 11:04 AM

CHENEY, Wash.-- A local family is devastated after their health insurance refused to cover a surgery for their daughter with cancer.

Now, the girl’s family hopes the community will step up to help.

Seven-year-old Sierra Higbee in Cheney is fighting a rare bone cancer. Her parents have been fighting a battle as well, but with their insurance company.

Higbee was diagnosed in March. She has a tumor that needs to be removed, but her parents say the insurance company won’t pay for it.

Her cancer is terminal, so it’s essential they get the tumor removed as soon as possible. As it continues to grow, the family has decided to delay surgery.

“I looked away and counted to five, and then they did it. And I looked back, and it didn’t even hurt, so I was laughing,” Sierra said bravely as she described her treatment.

“She is such a trooper. She gets pokes all the time. She’s got to use a walker. She has a feeding tube,” Sierra’s dad David said.

Two weeks ago Sierra’s classmates organized a car wash fundraiser for her, but the proceeds weren’t quite enough. Her parents estimate the surgery will cost about $100,000. It will not only help her walk on her own, but the procedure will reduce the risk of the cancer’s return.

Her family continues to try to have the insurance company to approve a doctor in Portland.

In the mean time, the community has a chance to step in for the family. The owner of Pete’s Pizza stepped up and decided to give 50 percent of the profits to the Higbee family. That fundraiser will run Wednesday until 8:00 p.m. and the locations on Sharp and Northwest Boulevard.

To donate money, contact any STCU location and ask for "The Benefit for Sierra Higbee."