Classmates hold car wash for 5th-grader battling leukemia

As 10-year-old Katie Secord fights the biggest battle of her young life with Leukemia and Lymphoma, her community is doing what it can to help.

On Sunday, dozens of community volunteers held a car wash to raise money for Katie and her family. Classmates wearing â??Team Katieâ?? t-shirts lathered up their sponges and wiped down dozens of cars, raising a few thousand dollars.

â??The support of people weâ??ve never even met brings tears to our eyes,â?? said Barbie Clifton, a family friend. â??People from everywhere have come out to help this little girl.â??

Katie was diagnosed with the disease about three months ago. She is currently receiving treatment while spending time in and out of the hospital. Delivering constant care to her daughter, Katieâ??s mother recently lost her job, where she was employed for the past 17 years.

â??Weâ??re trying to help keep them afloat, help pay bills, groceries, utilities, car payments,â?? said Clifton. She added, â??Weâ??re having the car wash now, bake sales, and the community has helped out tremendously. Everything here has been donated.â??

Katieâ??s Crusade has already raised about $20,000, much of it from a spaghetti dinner fund-raiser in April. Family, friends and those in the Jackman Elementary School community say they will continue to find ways to help Katie win her battle.