MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- She is just four-month-old, but Amelia Juopperi is already fighting for her life. Amelia was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma shortly after she was born in June. Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer that usually affects children age five or younger.
Amelia underwent her first round of chemotherapy in September. She is scheduled to undergo more treatments over the next six months.
To help her parents with the mounting cost of Amelia's healthcare and other expenses, friends created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the family. To date it has raised more than $9,000.
"Because of the prayers and donations we have received, I am able to hold my baby during her chemotherapy and her treatments," Meghan said. She said the donations have helped her take time away from work to be with Amelia. "The support we have gotten from the community is amazing."
"As you can imagine, this is all very difficult financially for Meghan and Markku [Juopperi]. Adding to their stress are the bills for hospitals, doctor visits, and testing, which are starting to pile up," a message on the GoFundMe page read. "Donations are appreciated and we are truly very grateful for any donation made. Every little bit helps; no amount is too small."
In addition to the online fundraising efforts, there is an event this Saturday designed to collect money for the Midlothian family in need. The event will consist of vendors, crafts, a bake sale and games for children. The fundraising event for Amelia is October 4 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Angels at Play Childcare Center. The center is located at 5810 Boydton Plank Road in North Dinwiddie.
"I hope they have a really good time. I don't know the words to thank them properly," Meghan said about the people who are supporting her family.
Watch CBS 6 News at 6 for more information about the effort to help baby Amelia.