Central Kentuckians are pulling together to help a veteran Lexington officer and his wife pay medical bills for their 6-year-old daughter who is battling cancer.
Through online donations, a silent auction, and a 5k race held on Saturday, nearly $20,000 has been raised to help the family tackle medical expenses.
When you meet 6-year-old Amaya Jones, it’s hard not to instantly love her. She’s polite, loves to dance, and gets to call many police officers her friends.
Her infectious and magnetic charm drew hundreds to the RJ Corman Railroad Group on Saturday for a 5k in her honor.
“People love her. It’s a huge thing. It’s huge,” said Amaya’s mother, Lori Jones.
More than a year ago, the Jones family heard doctors say a heart-sinking word.
Despite the stoic expectations of a veteran officer with the Lexington Police Department, Amaya’s father Jeffrey Jones can’t always hide the emotional roller coaster.
“To see this love for my daughter, it’s just overwhelming. Sometimes I can’t even talk about it really,” said Jones.
On the pavement, or in the hospital, the Jones family will take what victories they can.
“Love is a huge remedy,” said Lori Jones, and Amaya sure got a good dose of it at the race.
“Thank you for everything,” said Amaya.