By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
While most parents of a two-year-old worry about daycare and potty-training, Addison Compton’s parents are worrying about their little girl’s aggressive brain cancer, and how they can possibly stay afloat under a flood of medical bills.
In February, little Addison was diagnosed with Grade 3 Anaplastic Astrocytoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer typically seen in adults. Because she is only two-years-old, surgery and radiation are out of the question.
“Her only fight is to fight with the chemotherapy so the cancer will not grow,” says Tina Summers, a family friend. “She has a loving family; a grandmother, mother, father, lots of aunts and uncles. She has an older brother named Noah who prays for her every night.”
“Anything that the community can do for her family is welcomed,” Summers says.
Inspired by the little girl’s infectious smile in the face of this daunting fight, several community groups in Rome will be hosting Addison’s Day. The event, scheduled for Saturday, will bring in bikers from all over in a police-escorted ride through Rome.
“Addison’s Day is going to start out at 9am. All the local bikers across Georgia and Tennessee are going to gather around and do a police escorted ride through Rome. All non-riders are invited as well,” says Summers. “When we get back, we’re going to have BBQ, hotdogs, balloons. We have a band donating their time, Southern Groove. We have golf-carts donated for raffle.”
“We’re just going to make this a day for just Addison,” Summers says.
Admission is $20 for Bikers and $10 for riders. The event kicks off at Panhead City Wildside on Willow Rd. in Rome.