FLUSHING (WJRT) -
(05/09/14) - The Flushing community is rallying around a young girl battling cancer.
A local business is hoping to raise a big chunk of money with a fundraiser that kicked off Friday morning.
A mother herself, Tara Torbet knows the lengths any parent would go to help their child. When her friend's daughter, 11-year-old Mollie Moquin, was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer, it hit home.
"I've seen Mollie happy, and I've seen her in the ICU," Torbet said.
Now Mollie has been accepted into an experimental treatment program in Boston, but it will cost her family at least $100,000.
Torbet and her husband, a district manager at Tractor Supply, knew they had to help.
"I contacted the marketing department at our office and explained to them the situation and they looked at it as an opportunity. They said, 'Hey, this is something that would be really good for the community,'" said Dale Torbet.
Hoping to cover as much of the cost as they could, they planned a 12 hour fundraiser. Gaining community support, was the easiest part.
Nine tractor supply stores in the area are collecting donations Friday at the cash registers, asking their customers who shop to give anything they can - and they are.
Local businesses filled tables with silent auction items and volunteers helped with the bake sale.
Donations will be taken until 8 p.m. Friday at Tractor Supply and any ELGA Credit Union.
Tractor supply will match the largest donation, up to $1,000.