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Haunted house benefits leukemia patient

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As Halloween approaches, there will be plenty of haunted houses out there. But one in Midlothian with will end up helping a young cancer patient.

Creekside Manor is an elaborate, very detailed haunted house with all the classic scares and gore. It was the brainchild of Rusty Minter, who has been in the haunted house business for more than 25 years.

"There's a huge creek behind the house and they were washed down with their caskets from the house they were in and they ended up being here," he said.

What's different about Creekside Manor is its goal of raising money for 14-year-old Brittany Villarreal, who is battling leukemia.

"I thought it was really cool," she said.

The Midlothian teenager was diagnosed last December. She'll soon begin chemotherapy treatments four days a week.

Minter's daughter proposed the idea of a haunted house fundraiser to help another young cancer patient several years ago.

"She said, ‘Dad can we set up a donation jar for the hot dogs and give the money to my friend Allison.' And I said, ‘Why do you want to do that?' She said, ‘Well, because she's got cancer,'" he said.

The idea blossomed and so did the scale of the haunted house.

"And we've started the I Hate Cancer fund and we're gonna sponsor a child every year," Minter said. "It killed my grandmother. We just don't wanna see it happen. We don't wanna see it happen again and the good thing is the last two girls that we sponsored are both still here. They're both doing well. Brittany is going to be here too. And she's gonna be doing well too. We're gonna help her."

Creekside Manor is located at 2411 Plainview Road in Midlothian. It's open every Friday and Saturday from dusk until midnight through Nov. 3. For more information, visit www.creeksidefright.com.


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