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Supporters raise money for 17-year-old battling kidney cancer

Karen Sparkman, Malik's Mother Karen Sparkman, Malik's Mother
DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) -

Family and friends are raising money to help a 17-year-old Douglas teenager who was diagnosed with Kidney Cancer just three days ago.

Surrounded by friends and family, Karen Sparkman holds a picture of her 17-year-old son, Malik Sparkman, who is in an Atlanta hospital being treated for Kidney Cancer. Sparkman is traveling there so she can be with him before he has surgery this week.

"Right now he's doing, I guess I can say good,” said Karen Sparkman, Malik Sparkman’s Mother.

Monday morning doctors will remove Malik’s right kidney and start chemotherapy. The news of his diagnosis came as a shock to his mother.

"My heart dropped,” said Sparkman. “It really did because I didn't think in a million years that it would be Malik because he's so active in sports."

The 17-year-old plays linebacker for the Coffee County Trojans. Family and friends are hoping for a speedy recovery.

"He love people, he's just a gifted child and everybody is praying for him that he can come through this,” said Maylene Leggtt, Malik’s Grandmother.

Kieran Lane is Malik's best friend, and say's they've always been there for each other since the sixth grade.

"He's had my back ever since then, and I want to let him know that I have his back now through all the things he has to go through,” said Kieran Lane, Malik’s best friend.

Family and friends plan to hold bake sales, car washes, and sell t-shirts and wrist bands to raise money for Sparkman's medical expenses. They've also set up a donation page, hoping to raise $5,000.

They will hold a bake sale Saturday aug 16 at the Walgreen's in downtown Douglas from 8 to 5 for Malik.

"He's a real good person, he's always positive,” said Tia Williams, Malik’s Girlfriend. “We already have donations for him, we have $200 on gofundme.com."

"He's a loveable person, he loves to talk, he loves to play,” said Ema Bennett, Malik’s Aunt. “He's a fun person and we need all the prayer that we can get for him and he's very strong."

The first bake sale for Malik will be held August 16th in Downtown Douglas. You can help the Sparkman family by clicking here or here.

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