CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Alise Williams spent her fourth birthday in a Minnesota hospital Saturday. Williams is undergoing chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Williams was born with 7 holes in her heart, and after her second open heart surgery, she was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia.
The genetic disorder, seen approximately one in 600,000 people, causes an increased risk of cancer. William's parents and her 9 year old brother have been living in the Ronald McDonald house, near the University of Minnesota.
To help family through these treatments, friends gathered at the Cedar Falls AMVETS Sunday, holding a benefit for Alise Willimas+
"However, they still have their home here, still have bills. Deb had to quit her job for a year. Troy's taken a leave. Its been a hardship in that way also," said aunt Ladawn Hankins.
The benefit included several raffles and a silent auction. The donations were donated by friends, family, and people who didn't even know Alise.