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Community rallies around mom and son battling cancer

14-year-old Nikko and his mom Kristen are both battling cancer.

"We all were very emotional," said Nikko Worthington, about his reaction to finding out his school is hosting a fundraiser for his family. "It means a lot to us."

14-year-old Nikko and his mom Kristen are both battling cancer.

Nikko has stage 4 Rhabdomyosarcoma and Kristen has stage 2A breast cancer.

On Thursday, Heritage Middle School in Meridian is hosting a teachers vs. students basketball game.

It's free to attend, but they are accepting donations.

However, the Worthingtons say it means so much more to them than raising money.

"With an event like this it's not about the fundraising, said Rick Worthington, Nikko's dad. "It's about the caring and the love. People who want to come out and support Nikko. There have been so many people who have wanted to help and we haven't been able to tell them how. It's not always easy to tell people what you need. Sometimes you just don't know. In this case, we know exactly what we need."

Rick says he hopes to see a gym full of people at the game showing Nikko their support.

On Friday, Nikko heads to the hospital for a week of chemotherapy.

This is an opportunity to send him into that treatment with the knowledge that the community cares about him and has his back.

The game begins at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Middle School gym.

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