Fundraiser to help Helena girl fight brain tumor

Phil Drake

A Dec. 10 fundraiser has been set up to help a Helena girl with a brain tumor who says a song about defiance and grit is one of her favorites.

The Alayna Medical Raffle will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at West Valley Fire Rescue Station 1, 1165 Forestvale Road, Helena. It will feature food vendors, a silent auction and raffle.

The proceeds will help 7-year-old Alayna Hutchings and her family as she seeks treatment for a brain tumor at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Alayna started getting sick with constant headaches about October 2021. Doctors thought it was a bug, family members said.

On March 12 of this year her right eye crossed in toward her nose and she said she had a really bad headache. A medic suggested she see a doctor, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her.

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An eye doctor saw fluid on her brain and optical nerve and said she needed to go to urgent care right away. She was then sent to the emergency room, which did a CT scan to see the fluid on the brain and

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