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Hurricanes helping Abby's Army fight pediatric brain cancer

Posted June 28, 2016
Updated June 29, 2016

— Abby Johnson is a 5-year-old girl with a smile that’s contagious, but she also has her own army. Abby’s Army.

When young Abby was diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer, her friends and neighbors rallied to show their support.

A recent swim meet at Raleigh’s Medfield Area pool is one way Abby’s Army has raised funds to help the fight against her disease.

“Seeing that support throughout, it just makes your heart swell,” said Abby's mother, Lisa.

“It means everything to us," added Abby's father, David. "A family of six versus this horrible disease that no kid should have to go through”

Carolina Hurricanes vice president Mike Sundheim is one of the Johnsons’ neighbors. He came up with an idea to make Abby’s Army T-shirts to raise money. They are on their fifth printing of the shirts now.

"We know that if we were the ones in that situation, they would try to help us," Sundheim said. "That’s the kind of people they are.”

This week, the Canes’ corps of Abby’s Army brought another surprise…

“One person that actually made a pretty good donation was Eric Staal," Sundheim noted. "Even after he’d been traded to the Rangers, which again shows the kind of person he is.”

Abby’s Army has now raised over $20,000. So much that the Johnson's have created a foundation to help other families dealing with pediatric brain cancer. It's their way of giving back.

“Over 300 people out here for Abby’s Army is unbelievable," David said at a recent event as he was appropriately interrupted by Abby's delightful chatter.

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