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A Toombs County boy has captured the hearts and minds of many--not just here locally---but all around the world. His name is Silas Edenfield--and he is battling a rare form of cancer. Tonight, the community rallied around him, in a big way.

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Little Silas and his family are dealing with the news that his cancer is terminal.

But despite his grim diagnosis, there were a lot of smiles tonight. Those in attendance knew they were not only raising Silas' spirits, they were raising funds for other children touched by the disease.

"He is a real figure of hope even in trying times," says "CURE" spokeswoman, Kim Osborne.

And judging by the crowd of supporters at Smoke Station BBQ Monday, he is proof you can make a big impact at a very young age.

Little Silas was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer 14 months ago. Now, just 4 years old is, his battle is encouraging others to fight on his behalf.

"1 out of 5 do not survive childhood cancer," says Osborne.

"Our numbers aren't good we need more research. I think it happens a lot more than people would realize. And you don't see behind the walls here at the children's hospital here at memorial. You don't see the children that I get to walk beside, they are heroes."

Back in December, the young women of Armstrong's Tri-Sigma sorority fell in love with the little boy.

Catie Sykes says they have now made it their mission to raise money to fund research in his name.

"Honestly, for a 4 year-old, he is the wisest 4 year-old I've ever seen. And they types of things he's been dealing with, you would never be able to tell it because honesty, he just radiates light."

The group, "CURE" has been with Silas and his parents since his diagnosis. Instead of accepting the money raised here, they are giving it to the group to continue their research, so no family will have to face a losing a child.

"He has walked a difficult road, like most of our kids do, with childhood cancer. Numerous surgeries, chemo therapies, and we are now with Silas in his final days under hospice care with his family. And it saddens our hearts that our research has not been in time."

If you would like to support Silas and receive updates, "Like" his Praying for Silas page on facebook.

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