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"Fright for Life" event helps 3-year-old battling leukemia

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A central Wisconsin couple is making a difference through the sights and sounds of Halloween.

The couple transformed their yard into the "Fright for Life" event to help a little girl fighting cancer.

Though smiling and full of life, Hadley Behrend, 3, is in the middle of a battle at this spooky Halloween scene.

"She was just a happy carefree little girl and then the next day she had cancer," said Lynn Behrend, Hadley's mother.

Her parents noticed Hadley had a limp and couldn't figure out why.

"We kept taking her back to the doctor and they just didn't have an answer for it," said Keith Behrend, Hadley's father.

The answer: a form of leukemia.

Hadley was diagnosed in late March.

Now, she goes to Madison for chemotherapy.

"We kind of knew in our minds that something was up," said Keith Behrend.

After months of treatment, Hadley's parents said her recovery is headed in the right direction.

"Technically she's in remission, but they need to keep fighting it in order to prevent it from coming back," said Lynn Behrend.

Mike Wolosek and his wife want to make sure Hadley can keep recovering. They transformed their yard in a haunted village to raise money for the family.

"She's lost her hair and stuff and you can tell she's gone through treatments, but it's hard to watch, but everyone's hoping for the best," said Wolosek.

Hadley's parents said there is still a long road ahead, but the support they've received, like this event, has kept them strong.

"This scary thing that happened to us and to have such a positive thing come out of it is wonderful," said Lynn Behrend.

A positive moment at a time they need it most.

"We just want her to live a normal life," said Keith Behrend.

A life, no one could have imagined would face such a big challenge so early.

Hadley's parents said she still has about two years of chemotherapy. They said after 5 years from diagnosis, she'll be considered fully cured.

Organizers estimate more than 1,000 people visited the "Fright for Life" event.

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