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Fundraiser to benefit family of toddler fighting leukemia

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By Marion Taylor

Friends of a local family are coming together to help one of their own.
Hometown Pizza of La Grange is hosting a Hope for Hayli concert and fundraiser August 6 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Hope for Hayli is an organization dedicated to helping Hayli Ann Nobles.
Amanda and Mike Nobles’ one-year-old daughter Hayli was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of leukemia rarely found in anyone under the age of 40.
Hayli was diagnosed in January and has been receiving treatment at St. Jude’s Children Hospital in Memphis.
Donna Sabo, manager of Hometown Pizza, and her daughter Brooke Sale are friends of the Nobles family and knew they wanted to do something to help.
“We consider them our family,” Sale said.
Several local artists will perform in the parking lot of Hometown Pizza in a tribute concert for Hayli Saturday.
A silent auction will be held, including Bengals tickets, University of Louisville football tickets and Cincinnati Reds ticket.
Sale, who helped organize the event, said many local businesses also donated services to be raffled off.
Bouncy houses and arts & crafts will be available to entertain children. Sale said kids will be able to make cards to send to Hayli.
A percentage of the total from anyone who dines at Hometown Pizza will also benefit Hope for Hayli.
All donations will go toward helping the Nobles family with their mounting medical expenses.
Emily Peak Price, a friend of Amanda Nobles, also decided to choreograph a dance dedicated to Hayli and the idea for Hope for Hayli was born.
Elissa Peak Withrow, Staci Marie Idle, Rhonda Harrington Mefford, Julia Peak and Emily Peak Price performed the tribute dance at Studio 360 in Louisville.
The performance raised $1,000.
Price said she had been doing a lot of thinking about Hayli when she heard the song, “Thistle and Weed” by Mumford & Sons.
“The message really reminded me of Hayli,” she said. So Price presented the idea to the studio where she works.
“Everybody thought it was fantastic and wanted to be a part of it,” she said.
“I choreographed it from the standpoint of a parent and you’re fighting this battle for your young child,” Price said.
Price said Hayli’s mother loved the idea and was touched by the gesture, “She said Hayli is already quite the dancer herself.”
To help the Nobles family visit www.hopeforhayli.com and click ‘Donate now’ or attend the fundraiser Aug. 6.

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mtaylor@oldhamera.com.