Sara Story, NBC 5 Denton County Reporter
Paige Boutilier is the inspiration for Pennies for Paige, a non-profit group in Flower Mound that is helping families financially and emotionally.
A group of Flower Mound residents inspired by a 7-year-old with leukemia are rallying around children with life-threatening illnesses.
Flower Mound residents formed Pennies for Paige, a nonprofit group that helps families financially and emotionally, to raise money for 7-year-old Paige Boutilier's medical bills.
"She is doing great," said her mother, Jodie Boutilier. "Her hair is coming back, and she is able to play basketball."
Paige Boutilier is in remission after being diagnosed with leukemia. She was diagnosed for the first time in 2009. Shortly after doctors said the cancer was gone in 2011, Paige was diagnosed with leukemia again.
"The cancer had come back," Boutilier said. "But this time, it was in her brain and central nervous system and spinal chord."
The Boutiliers have expanded Pennies for Paige to help other children with life-threatening illnesses. Paige's piggy banks have been set out at restaurants and businesses in Flower Mound.
"There is something that just feels right about Pennies for Paige and helping others," Boutilier said. "It just feels good to know that you can help others and that the community wants to help others."