Jimmy Rose headlines fundraiser for girl with cancer

By: Matthew Rand Email
By: Matthew Rand Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - He made his mark on "America's Got Talent" and Tuesday night Jimmy Rose gave back to the place he calls home.

Rose headlined a fundraiser for Harley Laxton, a 13-year-old battling cancer, at Knox Central High School.

Since November of last year, Laxton has been battling a type of cancer affecting her spine.

"We took her to the doctor and they thought it was a pinched nerve," said Vandy Laxton. "She was starting to lose feeling, and then within two weeks she couldn't walk."

Her cancer has confined Harley to a wheelchair, but her mother says the good news is she is now back in school.

Organizers say the fundraiser will help offset the family's expenses.

"They've spent several days running up and down the road back and forth to Lexington for treatments, etc.," said Kevin Emery, a family friend.

Rose said Tuesday night's concert was not about him.

"Any time I get the opportunity to give back to the community that supported me, I'm honored to do so," he said.

Harley's mother says the outpouring of love from the community, and the help from Jimmy Rose, have been real blessings.

"We've only been here a little over a year, and everybody's pulled together, our community, our church, and it's just been amazing."

Organizers say the event raised over $2,900 for the Laxton family.

Jimmy Rose will be at the Scotty Moore benefit at Harlan County High School Wednesday night.


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