Tucson girl battles leukemia with help of family, community

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The annual Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society doesn't step off until October, but one little girl already is inspiring people to rally together for a cure.

Her life depends on it.

"After searching through different illnesses they thought she had pneumonia but it ended up being a leukemia diagnosis," said Natalie Fernandez.

Amber Fernandez likes playing with dolls and looking after her 4-year-old brother Benjamin.  But unlike most 7-year-old girls, she's battling cancer.

"The thought of losing her hair at first was very hard for her to deal with.   It's brown and curly and that was her response, I hope it grows back blonde and straight," said Amber's aunt Natalie Fernandez.

Aunt Natalie says there's new hope for Amber. The little boy who looks up to her will get a chance to give Amber her big comeback with a bone marrow transplant.

"Benjamin thinks he's Superman. He'll tell you that he's going to save his sister just like Superman would," said Natalie Fernandez.

"That's the big big step. And there's some steps leading up to that point. She has to get to a certain point before she gets the transplant, hopefully in October," said Justin Fernandez.

Amber's uncle Justin Fernandez isn't going to just wait for progress.  While Amber receives treatment in Phoenix, he and Natalie are planning a concert to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

"We started as a traditional flamenco group with flamenco dancers and performances with all the traditional instruments and kind of morphed it into our own sound," said Justin Fernandez.

The family says the October show will be a fun way to honor the strength and will of a child.

"It's kind of this spunk.  This cool attitude but ability to fight anything and be positive and make everybody laugh," said Justin.