Community Supporting Little Girl With Big Dream

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – In 2018, ten-year-old Autumn was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma. After going through chemotherapy and testing coming back with 98% clear margins, Autumn relapsed in March of 2022.

After the second relapse and another round of chemotherapy, the young warrior was clear once more in November of the same year. Now, it was found in early July that the cancer has not only returned, but she also is battling pneumonia and lymph nodes behind her heart. 

Autumn’s aunt has expressed her love and admiration for her niece through photos and TikTok videos, but decided to take her social media page one step further to make a little girl’s big dream come true. 

“We already had tickets to the Jelly Roll, whole entire family, and then when we found out that Autumn relapsed, she had mentioned that she wanted to meet Jelly Roll so I decided I was going to make a silly little TikTok with our pictures because we had done a beach day recently and I was like I’m just gonna make a TikTok pleading out to everyone to help me at least get a backstage pass or get me a pit-pass to get her close to the stage, it was gonna happen for her. One way or another she was going to meet Jelly Roll,” explained Jennifer Capen.

After calling upon community support, the post went viral. 

“I just did it for fun, just trying to make it happen and to see everybody in the community between Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester, around the world, I’ve had people reach out to me from around the world saying ‘hey we saw your post’”, said Capen. 

Now, a meet-and-greet with the singer is in the works. 

“The founder of Hope Rises, she reached out to me on Facebook, she saw my post as well, she contacted his team, and supposedly they’re working out some kind of deal to get her a personal meet-and-greet, they haven’t given all the details of what they want to do because she’s trying to work it out with them,” Capen said. 

In the end, love is the message that this family hopes to spread. 

“I want her to know that I love her just the same and I’ve got her back 100%, good, bad, ugly, those are my days to take with her,” Capen said. “I just wanted everybody to know her story, childhood cancer sucks. Blatantly, it stinks. She’s strong, she’s a fighter, we’re gonna do it.”

For those looking to offer a little more support, self-proclaimed ‘#1 fan of Autumn’ has started a Go-Fund-Me to help pay for medical expenses. 


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