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Father-Daughter Duo Help in the Fight Against Cancer

"He stopped his work because when he realized I had cancer, he was like 'sorry, my daughter has brain cancer, I can't do this!' So his work now, is kind of the foundation," explained Maleree.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 12:07 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2018 10:31 AM

CHICO, Calif. - "My oh my, what a wonderful day," Maleree sings, laughing.

Meet 9-year-old Maleree Chambers. It's hard to believe, but in 2016, doctors broke the news: she had stage-4 brain cancer.

"They told us it was not very good at all," said Kelly Chambers, Maleree's father. 

Since then she's had three brain surgeries and 31 days of radiation.

"She rocked it, she's a rockstar," Kelly said.

She's doesn't seem to be afraid.

"It's just kind of knowing that people are there for me and I'm not the one person going through this," Maleree said. 

The difference the support made gave way to something amazing: the My Maleree Mae Foundation.

"He stopped his work because when he realized I had cancer, he was like 'sorry, my daughter has brain cancer, I can't do this!' So his work now is kind of the foundation," Maleree said. 

"I realized we needed to do something for other families that might not have had as much support as we had," Kelly said.

The fundraisers are built around what the father-daughter duo love: classic cars, drag races, and dance.

"I've made some friends with the people we've met; it's nice because not only do they know there's a friend by their side, but they know there's money coming their way, so their parents don't have to do it all if they don't have the money to do it," said Maleree.

"I've got these drag racers that follow me around the country - this new years day I have 24 racers that have all taken the challenge to do their best to raise $1000 or better," Kelly said.

So far, the pair's handed over nearly $80,000 to 16 different kids and their families, across the country, who are fighting cancer.

Meanwhile, Maleree's battle continues.

"She just had another surgery a month ago and in January they'll do another MRI to make sure they got it all," Kelly said. 

But she's so strong.

"A lot of people at school really do lean on me because they know what's happened - I'm not a keep it all to myself person," Maleree said. 

The next fundraiser is a drag race at Kingdon Drag in Lodi on New Years Day to benefit three children, one of which is a Camp Fire survivor.

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