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ETX church auction benefits young leukemia patient


An East Texas Church held an auction Thursday night to help a Gladewater young girl with leukemia pay for medical cost.

Tatum United Methodist church were auctioning off Abby Grace's painting she made to help her cousin Castalia Barron. A month ago 9-year-old Abby Grace begin selling her paintings on Facebook for Castalia's Cause.

"I knew she was getting more sick and more sick and I didn't want to see her family go through it anymore. So I decided to do the paintings," Abby said.

Castalia Barron was diagnosed with Leukemia 10 months ago, and without insurance, the medical bills were costly, inspiring Abby Grace to help.

Since Abby began selling the paintings, she has raised more than $5,000 for Castalia; a feat Abby and her mother, Charity Robinson, are amazed at.

"I put it on Facebook and one of my friends said 'why don't you do an auction,' and I just can't believe how much some of the paintings have gone for," Robinson said.

Pastor Shannon Hahn didn't know Abby Grace but found her on Facebook and was inspired by her cause.

"We just wanted to help outside the community. We always talk about how we are not only the church inside these walls and out but beyond," Hahn said.

Thursday night's auction raised almost $800 for Castalia, bringing Abby Grace's total to near $7,000. Abby Grace said she wants to raise $10,000 for Castalia by the end of the summer.

To help Abby with "Castalia's Cause," you can bid on paintings on their Facebook page.  
Abby says donated art supplies would also be greatly appreciated. To contact Abby's mom, you can email her at

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