Fire Department helps young girl fighting unidentified illness

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MARKED TREE, AR (KAIT)- A fundraiser for a cause. The Marked Tree Fire Department hosted an archery tournament Saturday with all the money going towards a young girl fighting an unidentified illness. It's the 2nd year the fire department has put on the tournament, but when Alana Bond became ill this past July the department wanted to do what they could to help.

"As a fire department we feel like when people in our community need help, it's kind of our job to reach out to them," says Terry Rollins, who works with the Marked Tree Fire Department and is friends with the Bond family.

He says it all started this past July, when Alana Bond was sent to the Arkansas Children's Hospital after having problems swallowing. "That's when they found out she had a mass between her heart and her lungs, developed into some abbesses on her brain," Rollins explains.

From adults to kids, nearly 30 participants took part in the archery tournament all aiming to make a difference in a young girls life.

"I'd want somebody to help me. If it happened to me," says Thomas Plunk. Plunk and his daughter both took part in the benefit. He says he has competed in a number of tournaments but this one was different. "The others you just go to win prizes or whatever. This one here is not for that."

And no experience was necessary. "I don't have much of a back ground with archery," says Tori Beth Horton, but was glad to be able to do her part. "It's just going to a good cause. It's going to Alana and helping with her medical expenses."

It was a benefit not only raising money, but lifting spirits. "The best medicine is family and support. So everybody getting out and supporting her, I think it's one of the best things for her," say Horton.

If you would like to help donate to the Bond family just contact the Marked Tree Fire Department at (870) 358-4070 Or the Marked Tree Police Department at (870) 358-2024.

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