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Benefit for four-year-old cancer patient

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A Saturday night benefit raised money for a four-year-old girl with stage-four cancer.

The cancer is Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer.

Four-year-old Anna Weitz and her family have been traveling from their Dubuque home to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for treatment.

More than 400 people turned out at Saturday's benefit for Anna, which included auctions and a raffle.

Doctors diagnosed Anna in the fall. Since then, she has started her 56 weeks of chemotherapy.

Family members and friends call her Anna Banana and describe her as a spunky girl with a lot of spirit.

"She's getting a lot of terrible things happening to her all the time," her mom Krista Weitz said at the benefit, "but, really, her spirit has been amazing throughout all of it, and we really feel it's going to help her beat this in the end."

Anna receives "Beads for Bravery" at the hospital for each medical procedure she undergoes.

Her mom said scans show Anna's cancer is responding to treatment.

Follow Anna's progress on her CarePages site, the Facebook site or at Anna's Blog. Links are on this page.

Family members and friends have organized other fundraising events for the family:

"Shop 'til you drop for Anna Banana," a garage sale benefit May 20-21 at St. Anthony Church/O'Malley Hall.

"'Chip in' for Anna Banana," a golf outing benefit June 25 at Lacoma Golf Course in East Dubuque, Ill.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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