Isabella Hope Larson curls up in her father's lap.
“She's a little sweetheart, pretty easy going. She's been through a lot," Isabella's dad Darin Larson said.
Currently, Isabella is fighting a rare autoimmune disease called Langerhan's cell Histiocytosis or LCH. Her small body is making too many white blood cells. And if there are too many, they can start attacking her organs and bones.
The disease is treated with chemo. Isabella started treatment on a very special day.
"She started going through chemo on her first birthday, exactly," Darin said.
But for Isabella, her father Darin and her five-year-old brother, this is not their only battle. Isabella and her brother lost their mother, Jane, nearly one year ago because of a brain aneurysm.
"For her to get her mommy taken away, it's hard," family friend Lori Bangasser said.
Bangasser has been with Isabella and Darin every step of the way. Now, she is organizing a benefit for little Isabella, hoping to raise money to help the Larson family with medical bills.
"We can't take away the sickness, but we can help with the worries," Bangasser said. "I knew Jane would have done it for me. So anything we can do, there is a whole group of us, anything we can do to help them."
"We are so blessed to have family and friends and all the support we've had has been just incredible," Darin said.
Hope is Isabella's middle name and hope is what family and friends have for Isabella.
"It's been tough, especially when Jane passed away, but I think she is doing about as good as expected with the whole deal. We are just trying to take it day by day, week by week," Larson said.
The benefit is this Saturday at the Old 77 Banquet Hall in Dell Rapids. There will be a free will spaghetti dinner and silent auction from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A live auction begins at 8 p.m.