URBANA, Ohio (WDTN) - While the world is buzzing about the royal baby in Britain, there was a ball Thursday night not far from Dayton that more than a hundred princesses attended.
It wasn't about the glitz and the glam, rather a show of solidarity that brought a rural kingdom together for a little girl battling a rare form of cancer.
Lauren's Enchanted Ball took place in Urbana and the guest list gives away the crowd.
More than 100 little princesses have packed the place in pink and colored the room with excitement.
One little princess said, "my favorite part is probably supporting Lauren."
They are all here for 8-year-old Lauren McManaway. She's been battling ovarian cancer since November.
The fundraiser is for her and her family.
"And we have a $500 donation right here! It's great for the family, it's really awesome."
The saying goes you're only as strong as your weakest link and it appears no one in this community wants to be the latter.
"Basically, this event was covered and taken care of within two days," said Terra Byrd-Grupe, Lauren's former teacher. "It's a really good thing."
The local cheerleaders did hair and makeup and the football team escorted the girls to the ball.
The Belle of the Ball, Lauren, was too sick to make it. She's in her hospital bed in Columbus.
Her father says she would want everybody to have a great night.
"It means so much to have everybody gather together and help out," said Todd McManaway, Lauren's father.
While mom stayed with Lauren, dad and her siblings put on a brave face and arrived at the ball in style.
The event it as much about celebrating Lauren as it is giving the family a reason to smile too.
Her brother, a football player, was floored by the support of his teammates. "I love these guys!"
Dad enjoyed a dance with Lauren's twin sister, Megan, just as a call came in from their favorite girl.
"I just want to see her walk out of that hospital one day and say, 'I won," said McManaway.
You can't dance around the pain, but having friends there every step of the way helps.
"I want the McManaway family to know that they have a community that loves and supports them and we support them today and we will support them tomorrow and forever."
Homicide detectives are at the scene of a shooting at Love's gas station on Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
One man is in custody after a police pursuit that began in Franklin and ended in the area of Germantown Pike and Stolz Avenue in Dayton.
Sidney Police are looking for a pair of men who robbed a Speedway gas station early Sunday morning.
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