Community comes together for Milford softball player battling cancer

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MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s pretty easy to see how folks at Hair Forever feel about Danielle Kemp.

Outside the Milford salon, #DANNISTRONG signs are hung along with a poster telling her story.

Employees plan to hold a cut-a-thon on Sunday to raise money for the softball player’s battle with cancer. In fact, folks all throughout town are hoping to help.

“When this all happened it felt like the world was just ripped out from underneath us,” says Dannie’s best friend Fallon Bevino.

No one wants to help more than her. She set up a Gofundme page for Danni who has been her friend for almost as long as they can remember.

“She’s way stronger than any cancer I can tell you that much,” says Bevino.

After getting hit in the head by a pitch in August Danni thought she had a concussion but an MRI revealed she had an inoperable brain tumor. This is the second curve ball life has thrown at her. In high school she battled back from a rare kidney disease.

“This is a 19-year-old girl that just found this problem out,” says Carollee Salthouse who is a manicurist at Hair Forever.

She and hair stylist Sheri Brocar Malia organized the cut-a-thon for Danni. A $20 donation gets folks a day at the salon with music and food. There’s also a raffle with 75 prizes. Danni’s mom gets her hair cut at the salon.

“They’re just a staple of Milford,” says Malia. “So they’re wonderful people. They’re great.”

At the “Relay for Life” walk being held at Jonathan Law High School on Saturday, Danni’s friends will take the “Survivor’s Lap” in her honor.

“September is cancer awareness month for children and what Danni has is considered a childhood cancer so we can raise awareness for that,” says walk organizer Kathy Elson.

“Sometimes in the world we live in we forget how united we can really be,” says Bevino.

So as Danni undergoes six weeks of radiation treatment at Yale-New Haven Hospital, those who know her story work to give her a happy ending.

“One day she’s going to traveling the world telling people how she beat this inoperable brain tumor and it’s.. that’s just how it’s gonna be,” says Bevino.

The cut-a-thon at Hair Forever takes place from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sunday but they expect to be there a lot longer than that. At least they hope they will be. The want to see a line out the door.

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