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Fundraiser for local 10-year-old cancer patient

CAMPBELL COUNTY, Ky. (Adam Clements) --  A Community in Campbell County is pitching in to help a ten-year-old girl who's battling cancer. Daya Mounts was diagnosed with leukemia about six months ago, and this weekend, the Southern Campbell County fire department is holding a fundraiser for her.

Ten year old Daya Mounts is a ball of energy.

Devin Griffith, Daya's sister said, "You know that candy Pop Rocks? She explodes with energy. That's what she does."

She loves to dance. That's what she did before she was diagnosed with leukemia in January. It's what she does now, to stay positive.

Daya's aunt, Kayla Grace, said, "That's all she kept talking about. Even the first day she went in, she said, can I still dance? Can I still bring my tap shoes? Actually part of her treatment - they brought in tap shoes to kind of keep her going."

Daya said, "My daddy always told me to fight through it and to never give up on yourself, because otherwise that's just going to keep you down."

Six months of chemotherapy treatments have taken Daya and her family on an emotional roller coaster.

Daya's mother, Krista, said, "The first thought that comes to your mind is - My child's going to die. That's what comes to your mind initially."

Thankfully, Daya has a lot of people in her corner, including the Southern Campbell County fire department. The money they raise at their annual car show this weekend will go to Daya's family.

"It's amazing. It's so amazing. We're so blessed." said her mother.

Daya said, "It was like, really nice of them, because they actually only pick one person, so it was actually really nice that they did that."

Daya may have lost her hair, even a little of her strength, but she certainly hasn't lost her spirit or her will to keep fighting.

Her mother said, "She's definitely a fighter. There's nothing but one hundred percent fight in her."

Daya added, "What do you have to do? What do you have to tell yourself? Just keep on going and just never give up. Just, just fight on."

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