By Alicia Neaves
ODESSA - A 3-year-old is battling cancer for the second time. Now, the strangers are stepping in to help out.
"In our ministry, we do a lot of outreaches and they were members of a church and the family was in need. So we pretty much heard about the story then we got involved personally," said Roy "Big Perk" Perkins, Leader of God's Way Ministries.
On April 13 of 2014, 3-year-old Zadee Lopez woke up with a bruised, swollen eye. Her family would later find out their baby had stage 4 Neuroblastoma, including tumors in her skull and spinal cord.
Sadly, this isn't the first time Zadee has fought cancer. Doctors once removed a mass from her stomach before the family realized the cancer had returned.
When a local ministry heard the story, although strangers to the Lopez family, they knew what they had to do.
"It is kind of a bit of a burden to stop everything in the middle of your life, just to get this together. We're gonna come against cancer right now as a community," said Perkins.
Members of the ministry have yet to meet the Lopez family in person as Zadee is in isolation at a Dallas hospital.
But after a car wash, a nightly prayer for Zadee and even more fundraisers planned by God's Way, they're confident that within a generous community, the financial burden will be lessened for the family during Zadee's battle.
"Zadee, we are right there with you, we're there fighting along side with you right now," said Perkins.
God's Way held a fundraiser Tuesday evening at Gatti's Pizza off Grandview in Odessa to benefit the Lopez Family and the ministry isn't done yet.
We've posted information on future fundraisers and the GoFundMe account for Zadee.