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Fundraiser For Leukemia At Americans Game Friday Night

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - It's every parents worst nightmare, a child sick with a serious illness.

For one Richland family it was a reality nine years ago.     

14-year-old Mackenzie Banning was diagnosed with Leukemia at age five and for two years she underwent treatment.     

Today she's 14 and speaking out about her experience.      

Friday night there is a fundraiser at the Americans game to raise money for Leukemia.     

The Banning's family also hosts Americans player, Mitch McColm.     

Mackenzie said having Leukemia was very hard to go through.  She said, "I was usually inside I couldn't really go a lot of places because I got sick it wasn't good. "

Her mother Jackie said,"I think it did help shape us and bring our family closer."

McColm said, "They are really fun family.   I enjoy living here and I think they enjoy having me and stuff.   They told me what happened when she was younger and what she went through..  glad she's still around."

Pennies for Patients will be set up at the Americans Game collecting donations.  Mackenzie will also be there to answer any questions.

The Kiwanis Kids, a group operating out of Jefferson Elementary in Richland, works to helps shape young children by providing them with leadership roles, character building projects and charity events.

So far, they've already raised 300 dollars.