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A Spooky Event in Kathleen Benefits Child with Brain Tumor

Eight-year-old Amalikai Butler enjoys the things most boys do.

He says he likes to "Play video games, ride bikes and ride scooters."

Amalikai's family lives in Fort Valley. He's one of 11 kids in his family and his life's far from normal.

"I have a JPA, which is a Juvenile Pilocytic astrocytoma, which is a brain tumor," he said.

"Right now we're waiting to see if the tumors inside of (brain) stem are growing again and that could be a problem," said his dad Darren.

So a Kathleen family decided to use their second annual spooky adventure to help.

"Everything goes back to Amalikai this weekend to help them with gas back and forth to the hospital," said owner of Lake Joy Trails of Terror Mike Kelly.

With the help of about 50 volunteers, Kelly turns part of his property in to a haunted walk with spine-chilling frights.

"You get 20 to 25 minutes of fun, screams a good scare through the woods," said Kelly.

Behind every corner on the haunted trail lies one scare after another. It takes you through haunted movie scenes and into a graveyard.

Kelly said they've worked for a couple of months making sure every ghoul and casket is in place for the grand opening this weekend.

Even with all the frights, he said it's more about knowing you're helping others.

"I thought this could really help our needs and finances," Amalikai said.

Lake Joy Trails of Terror is open Friday and Saturday nights through Halloween from 8 to midnight.

Admission is $12. This weekend benefits Amalikai's family.

Organizers say most of the other money they bring in, will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Lake Joy Trails of Terror is located at 428 Lake Joy Road.

Kelly said numerous sponsors help make the event possible this year.


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