Mesa 8-year-old hosts benefit for 13-year-old teen battling rare form of cancer - East Valley Tribune: Mesa

Mesa 8-year-old hosts benefit for 13-year-old teen battling rare form of cancer

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Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014 10:15 am

An 8-year-old Mesa girl took action Thursday to help support a Arizona teen battling cancer, even though they've never met.

Marydia Lehr saw ABC15's story on 13-year-old Jette Davis back in February and wanted to help.

Davis was diagnosed with Ewing's Carcoma, a rare form of cancer at the age of 7. He won, then it came back, and he beat it again.

His dad, Duane, says Davis has been nicknamed "The fighter." Jette has had his left lung and seven ribs removed in efforts to rid his body of the disease. But recently doctors discovered three tumors on Jette's spine, leaving him paralyzed.

“Every time cancer throws something at us he just comes right back up and fights back,” his dad said.

Lehr wanted to help raise money for Jette's family and organization, Jettes Journey, but she wanted to do it in a way that showed the teenager support during his chemotherapy treatments.

Lehr organized a benefit at Epic Salon in Mesa, where stylists donated their time, and Valley residents donated their hair.

Several people stopped in to have their heads shaved and to donate hair to "Locks of Love."

The 8-year-old has not met Jette, but plans to visit him at the hospital soon.

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