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Midlothian haunted house raising money for girl with cancer

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A little girl fighting cancer will be in the hospital instead of trick or treating or going to a haunted house for Halloween.

Everyone who visits the Creekside Manor haunted house in Midlothian will be helping her and her family.

"We as adults have had years on this planet and the kids don't have that and it's heartbreaking," said Rusty Minter, an employee at Creekside Manor. He has been in the fright business for 30 years and seeing a child fight cancer has frightened him more than anything else.

This year, proceeds go to the family of Penny Jurkash, 6, battling leukemia. The Waxahachie girl was diagnosed not even a year ago and has endured chemotherapy ever since.

"She does not understand a lot of what's going on, this is now just part of her life," said Penny's mother Leslie Jurkash.

Penny was too sick to be interviewed but Rusty Minter was able to at least visit and bring her candy and balloons since she couldn't trick or treat and be a normal child.

"I mean they don't even know Penny but they love her and they send her things and they write us the nicest messages about her and the times when it's really hard that's when we are so surrounded by love and it helps us get through," said Jurkash.

Last year, they were able to raise nearly $3,000 for a young girl with cancer.

With recent rains, Creekside Manor hopes people will come out Thursday, Friday and Saturday to help them reach their goal.

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