Sisters skip birthday presents to help classmate with cancer - WKRN News 2

Sisters skip birthday presents to help classmate with cancer

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Jasie and Josie Willis wanted to help a six-year-old school mate battling cancer for their birthday. Jasie and Josie Willis wanted to help a six-year-old school mate battling cancer for their birthday.
Caden Goodrich was diagnosed with cancer in June. Caden Goodrich was diagnosed with cancer in June.
MANCHESTER, Tenn. -

Jasie and Josie Willis wanted a Halloween-themed birthday party this year, but they didn't want any presents.

Instead, the sisters, ages seven and nine, wanted to raise money for six-year-old Caden Goodrich, a kindergartner at Hillsboro Elementary school.

Caden was diagnosed with leukemia in June and is currently receiving treatment at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

For Jasie, a fourth grader, there's a deeper connection. She is a cancer survivor too.

Jasie was diagnosed with a rare form of ocular cancer in 2007, and had her left eye removed.

Now she's cancer-free and eager to 'pay it forward' for Caden.

"My heart was so touched when I heard what they wanted to do for the little boy they don't even know," said Caden's teacher Debbie Deboard said.

"To give back to another child who is going through something that [Jasie] knows so much about is really touching," she said.

Nashville Predators defenseman Hal Gill also made an appearance at the fundraiser, signing Predators jerseys and posing for pictures.

A fund has been established to help Caden Goodrich and his family at Ascend Federal Credit Union in Manchester.

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