"Aubreigh's Army" helping local girl with aggressive brain cancer
SEMMES, Ala. (WPMI) —
A local girl who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer is getting the support from the entire Mobile County community.
Fundraising efforts are underway for Aubreigh Nicholas, 10, and people from across the area gathered at a local church on Sunday to share love and prayers.
Aubreigh Nicholas has accomplished a lot and family says she's always keeping her parents Jay and Brooke on their toes.
The sassy 5th grader excels as a student and a dancer and now she has her own personal army.
Aubreigh's Army is the nickname for numerous people now ready to fight by Aubreigh's side after she was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, or DIPG.
DIPG is a rare, aggressive form of brain cancer.
Brooke Nicholas said Aubreigh is a fighter.
"She's always got a smile on her face. She's a front and center, dance kind of girl. We're ready to get her back out there. We'll fight this with all we have," said Brooke Nicholas.
On Sunday, the Nicholas family joined with hundreds in Aubreigh's Army who gathered at Pathway Church on Moffett Road to show their support through prayer and love.
It's just the latest way the community has bonded together to help Aubreigh.
Fundraising efforts are spreading throughout Mobile County and online through social media.
"People are constantly trying to put together things. I mean, boutiques, runs and fishing tournaments. Those are just some of the things we've heard going on," Jay Nicholas said.
Teresa Browning is a long time friend of the Nicholas family and member of Aubreigh's Army.
"This family is so loved. Aubreigh's a phenomenal little girl. She is kind and she is good. But she has a fight in her, she always has. She's fierce," said Browning.
The Nicholas family says the community's support has meant the world.
"Our main concern is the next step with what she's got going on. It's touching, it's really something to see," Jay Nicholas said.