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Pageant fundraiser held for 5 yr. old dog attack victim

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- An different kind of fundraiser was held at the Longview Community Center--a beauty pageant.  Several little girls got dressed up to help 5-year-old Rylee Tolleson of Longview with medical bills. Rylee is recovering from a pit bull attack.

"I think its a blessing," said Kimberly Tolleson, Rylee's mother. "I think its just a wonderful thing they're doing for us."

Rylee was attacked and bitten in the face by a pit-bull in January. Since then, her parents have done all they can to get her cosmetic surgery to take her physical scars away.

"It's very expensive , its also very painful," said Kimberly. "She's just now to the point where we've told her, enough, that she's beautiful, there was a time when she thought she was ugly." 

The goal is to give Rylee an opportunity to be in her own beauty pageant, some day.

"She made a comment to me that she wanted to be a beauty queen, but she felt like she wasn't going to have the opportunity because of her face," said Kimberly. 

"We wanted to crown her as a lifetime beauty queen and let her know that there's more that just beauty on the outside," said Stacy Freeman, who organized the pageant.

"I'm so appreciative , I can't say thank you enough," said Kimberly.

Rylee will have to have multiple surgeries to remove her scars.

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