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Families reunite at ‘Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer’ at North Side High School

Published: Dec. 5, 2021 at 7:49 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - Families gathered Saturday at North Side High School for the 42nd annual “Christmas Party for Kids Surviving Cancer.”

“We wanted to do something special and everybody jumped in and did it,” Organizer Dennis Fisher said.

Last year, the party was called off because of COVID-19, but this year it was back. It was an emotional time for Fisher.

“We try to make it a time where they can come and enjoy Santa, enjoy Christmas without having to worry about the everyday things with their cancer,” Fisher said.

For these children, this party helped them get away from the effects of their medical conditions. It’s a good time for the parents too. The Thompson family was there for 12 year old, Vance.

“Vance has a brain tumor when he was 22 months old and he’s gone through quite a bit,” Mother Carrie Thompson said.

Vance has known Fisher for years and it’s a reunion this family has been waiting for.

”We especially look forward to coming here to see him,” Fisher said. “You can tell he loves to see Vance.”

As we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, the Thompson family knows they’re not alone.

“They’re going to get through this,” Thompson said. “They’re going to get through it, that’s always been my theme, positivity”

Organizers say they’re happy to be able to host this event and they can’t wait until next year.

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