League City rallies around toddler attacked by pit bull

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by Marcelino Benito / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 9:29 PM

LEAGUE CITY, Texas – The community has come together for the little girl viciously attacked by a pit bull in League City last month. The 2-year-old toddler has captured the hearts of people who don’t know even know her.

One of the things you don’t know about Kenzi is she loves to dance. A couple weeks before the attacks, she was on the dance floor.

“Everyone’s dancing and that little girl took the center of the stage,” said Kenzi’s cousin Chance Forman.

But then came that vicious dog attack, and the toddler that loved to dance found herself fighting to survive in a hospital bed.

“To see her on that stage dancing, then to see her in the hospital a few weeks later, it was just horrible,” said Forman.

News of the attack moved League City.

“I have a 2-year-old as well, and I can only imagine what they’re going through,” said Keri Reese, a friend and neighbor of the victims. “So I’m just praying they’re OK.”

And now Kenzi’s slow recovery is moving the world.

“People were donating all the way from Singapore,” said Forman. “It was kind of crazy.”

In just a few short days, 299 people have donated more than $18,000 for this little girl. And every penny is sorely needed. Kenzi’s endured hours of surgery. Her mother Chelsi also badly injured her arms and hands as she fought to save her child.

“Kenzi wouldn’t be here, if it wasn’t for her,” said Cliff O’Quinn, Kenzi’s uncle. “Her first and foremost thought was for Kenzi and it’s been that way since day 1.”

So Friday night, League City will come together again at the Man Cave to help raise more money for skyrocketing medical costs. More surgeries are ahead.

“I have people walk in everyday and put money in a bowl for her and walk out because they love her,” said O’Quinn.

The good news is Kenzi is back home. Her scars are healing, and she’s still smiling. For that and so much more, the family is grateful.

“You never want this to happen to your family, your friend, you don’t want it to happen to anyone,” said Forman. “It means the world to us that people are coming forward and we can’t thank y’all enough.”

Friday’s fundraiser starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Man Cave located at 2800 Marina Bay Dr. in League City. The family says if you can’t make it Friday night, the community is more than welcome to stop by any time.

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