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Fundraiser Held for Girl Who Loses Family in Car Crash

Remaining family members of the sole survivor in a car crash hold a fundraiser for the six-year old girl.
BLYTHEVILLE, AR- A carwash fundraiser was held for the sole survivor of a car accident that left three family members dead.

Six-year-old Cadence was traveling with her family in a sport utility vehicle driven by her father Nicholas, when the SUV crashed into the rear of a tractor trailer the afternoon of June 22. Cadence's 26-year-old father Nicholas, 26-year-old mother Jessica and two-year-old sister Brinley died in the crash.

Katie Walker coordinated the car wash. Although she did not know the family, she was close with Cadence's aunt and after meeting Cadence soon after the accident, she knew she wanted to do something special for her.

"I put it on facebook and several people have posted it," said Walker. "It's also in the Blytheville yard sale page."

Her family along with some of Cadence's family came out to help with the car wash.

"My mom is washing vehicles and her aunt is washing them too," said Walker.

She said she was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.

"It means a lot that they've come out for Cadence and help donate anything they could," said Walker.

However, it doesn't stop at the car wash. Walker has jars set up in other businesses around town to collect donations.

"There are jars at four different locations in Blytheville," said Walker. "I'm also doing t-shirts for Cadence."

After they've collected everything, the money will go straight into an account for Cadence.

"I'll give it directly to them and they're doing whatever they see fit to it," said Walker.

The car wash raised a total of $1,040 in donations. Herron is grateful to everyone in Arkansas and Missouri who has made a donation to Cadence since the accident. A savings account for Cadence McGuire has been set up for donations at Farmer's Bank & Trust in Blytheville located at 400 W. Main St.

Blytheville fire fighter Kyle Hinson made a pink helmet for Cadence and gave it to her the day of the funeral visitation. Cadence's name, a pair of hands clasped together in prayer, and the words "Little Miracle" are painted on the helmet.
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