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Community shows support for 8-year-old girl battling brain cancer

Posted at 11:25 PM, Feb 18, 2020

ODESSA, Fla. -- Dozens enjoyed a New York slice benefiting a good cause Tuesday night in Odessa.

Three Brothers Pizza donated 20 percent of its total sales to helping the family of Aubriana Spiering, an 8-year-old battling brain cancer.

Aubriana's mother, Pam, says the night meant so much more than just a fundraiser. It's the love and support from their community that keeps them going.

"My eyes have been opened to all of the wonderful people and the beautiful, kind gestures that people are so quick to step up and help take care of a family," said Spiering.

Aubriana's parents rushed her to the emergency room in Decemeber where doctors diagnosed her with a brain tumor.

The tumor was successfully removed but Aubriana has a long road to recovery ahead. Her family shuttles her between Orlando for radiation and back home to Tampa for chemotherapy.

"She can do it, she can push through this and that she is very strong," said Haylie Tormeno, a student at Farnell Middle School.

Tormeno was just one of a number of local students who came to Three Brothers Pizza to show their support.

Tormeno had never met Aubriana but she wanted to gift her a blanket to help comfort her during this tough journey.

"Being in the hospital, that can be really lonely sometimes so if they have the blanket they can have comfort," said Tormeno.

"The only thing they get out of it is knowing that they made someone feel good, there’s nothing else there and I think if we can build that, we can build better people," said Farnell Middle School teacher Amy Reitnauer.

You can follow Aubriana's journey here.