Tumor Hater dance party for a special cause

, Written by Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Sun, April 6 2014 at 6:24 PM, Updated: Mon, April 7 2014 at 3:17 PM

Medford, Ore. --  A charity that helps pay the bills of people with tumors is making big plans.

Tumor Hater Inc. founder, Kelly Matthews is throwing a valley wide high school dance party on April 26th for one little girl who shares a story similar to hers.

"On the inside it is a lot more severe then how I look on the outside. I have tumors head to toe and I'm in chronic pain, I can't work anymore I'm on disability."

"She has a big plexi form tumor it starts at her middle back and runs all along her left leg down to the end of her toes.I its continuing to grow so her left leg is longer then her right leg," said Karen Branaugh mother of 5-year- old Madison Branaugh.

Branaugh and Matthews, both suffer from Neurofibromatosis, a rare tumor disease. 

As the founder of Tumor Hater Inc. Mathews sells apparel for others with tumors. Sharing the message "It's okay to be a hater."

 "To hear them say that this makes them get through it, or that I'm their hero is bizarre to hear, but it is so reassuring. Its okay that I have these tumors, It's okay that I'm in pain, because of this," said Matthews.

And the message Matthews hopes to pass to others with the party she's planning.

"It just so happened that I was in communication with a girl named Nikki Ferrell who is dating Juan Pablo, The Bachelor and they will be our special guests."

Matthews said 80% of sales from the dance will help Madison's family financially.

And hopes to continue spreading the word that  "Its okay to be hater."

"It's amazing that Kelly got some people who are well known and It'll help bring awareness to Madison's condition as well as to raise awareness for Kelly's Tumor Hater," said Branaugh.

The dance will be at The Inn at the Commons, tickets are $15.00 and people will have the opportunity to take pictures with Nikki and Juan Pablo.

For more information visit www.TumorHater.org

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