Carlos Santana helps family of teen with cancer

14-year-old Aly Lilly has battled a rare form of brain cancer for 12 years

14-year-old Aly Lilly has battled an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer for most of her life, August 7, 2015. (KOIN)
14-year-old Aly Lilly has battled an aggressive and rare form of brain cancer for most of her life, August 7, 2015. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A Southwest Portland girl has had an aggressive form of cancer for most of her life.

14-year-old Aly Lilly sits with her mother, Melissa Weiser-Lilly. (KOIN)
14-year-old Aly Lilly sits with her mother, Melissa Weiser-Lilly. (KOIN)

Two years ago, she and her family were almost evicted. But after a KOIN 6 News report, management decided to let them stay.

But sadly, 14-year-old Aly Lilly’s battle with the disease is coming to an end.

“You can’t look at her without seeing the life and love that radiates from her,” Aly’s father Jeremy said.

For 12 years, Aly has battled a rare form of brain cancer, spending much of her life at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Now, her journey is coming to an end. Aly decided to stop receiving treatment and spend her remaining time with her parents and 3 siblings.

Tracy Turner-Pain with Soul Sister Productions helped get a guitar signed by Carlos Santana for the auction. (KOIN)
Tracy Turner-Pain with Soul Sister Productions helped get a guitar signed by Carlos Santana for the auction. (KOIN)

“She spreads love with every hug and with every glance,” Aly’s mother Melissa Weiser-Lilly said. “She’s the toughest, strongest, most amazing person I know.”

In order for Aly’s parents to afford staying at home with her, the blues community got involved. They’ve organized an auction with live performances for this weekend to help raise money for the Lilly family.

“I’ve never seen people come together like the blues community in Portland,” Weiser-Lilly said.

Tracy Turner-Pain with Soul Sister Productions, also the producers of the event, knows a musician who plays with Carlos Santana. She asked for a signed CD for the auction.

The benefit will take place Sunday, August 9 at Trail's End Saloon.
The benefit will take place Sunday, August 9 at Trail’s End Saloon.

“He talked to Carlos the next day and told him about Aly and her story,” Turner-Pain said. “He immediately donated a guitar and the CD as well.”

Aly’s dad Jeremy was also diagnosed with a brain tumor a few years ago. For now, it’s stable and Aly’s spirit and love of hugs are helping him stay strong.

“I like giving hugs,” Aly said.

The benefit for Aly is scheduled for this Sunday at the Trails End Saloon in Oregon City from 3-8 p.m.

Carlos Santana’s guitar and many other items will be up for auction. Several musicians including Lisa Mann, King Louie’s Blues Revue and the Lloyd Jones Struggle will perform at the event.

For more information on the event, click here. If you would like to donate, please visit Aly’s GoFundMe page.

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