Proceeds from a benefit this weekend in Rutherford County will go to the families of two children battling cancer.
Kobe Lowe, 11, of Nashville, is fighting leukemia at the Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital and 13-month-old Sadie Smith, of Murfreesboro, has Stage III neuroblastoma, the most common form of infant cancer.
A dinner, concert and silent auction will take place Saturday night at Barfield Elementary School in Murfreesboro.
Kobe loves karate, fishing and is “just your normal boy,” according to his family.
Kobe's father, John Herman, told News 2 his son has yet to respond to his medication, but the family is keeping their hopes up that things will improve in the near future and they can return home from the hospital.
He has even grown a beard for Kobe.
“God told me to grow this beard for Kobe, and whenever he comes into remission, it'll get shaved. But until then, you know, if it needs to be, it'll drag to the ground,” Kobe's father explained.
His mother, Brandy, said the community has been a great help so far.
“It's very overwhelming that so many people love us and care about us, and even people that don't know us want to help so much,” she said. “It's just so good; it's so nice to have that.”
The Smith family told News 2 they discovered Sadie's cancer just five days after an ear infection.
“We were in the hospital about 21 days initially,” said Sadie's mother, Megan Smith.
She was first told her daughter would only have to undergo four rounds of chemotherapy, but that number soon rose to eight.
“The one thing that I've really learned through this experience is not really have concrete expectations,” Megan explained. “Things can change really fast. If she has a fever, we have to drop everything and go straight to the hospital.”
The Smith family says Sadie's prognosis is good and their faith is keeping them strong. They believe one day Sadie will be healed.
Saturday's benefit at Barfield Elementary on Veterans Parkway is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tickets cost $5 and include a chili dinner, drink and dessert. There will also be a silent auction, live music and moment of prayer.