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Chemo Duck group raises cancer awareness in Franklin

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A Friday night birthday bash didn't necessarily include cake, but it did raise cancer awareness.

The Chemo Duck party raised money for Gabe's Chemo Duck program at Sodium on Columbia Ave. in Franklin.

The event kicked-off the campaign which provides 10,000 "chemo ducks," to young cancer patients throughout the year. These duck stuffed-animals are given to kids who are waiting to undergo chemotherapy.

Katelyn Tarver, the "Big Time Rush" star, even performed at the event.

"A child getting cancer it's just so difficult," Tarver said. "Anything that has to do with bringing awareness to that and just trying to help with however they can is really awesome and I'm excited to be a part of it."

The organization has strong ties in Nashville and to the movie "Country Strong."

Lu Sipos started the group for her son, Gabe, who was diagnosed with cancer as a toddler. Now, he's cancer-free and he even fulfilled his dream to become an actor, playing "Travis" opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in the movie.

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