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Pierre Garcon to donate $2,500 per touchdown to cancer patient

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) -- Craig and Tammy Sankner had to tell their 8-year-old daughter Tara she was sick after she was diagnosed in February.

"You're not supposed to have to tell your 8-year old, 'Honey you have cancer,'” said Tammy.

"It never hits home until it is in your home -- and then it just shatters you," said Craig.

But the Sankners have been receiving a lot of support. In May, a huge flash mob came out to make Tara ‘Princess for a Day.’ And now, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wants to help too.

The CEO of local Italian restaurant chain Paisano’s was the one who approached Garcon about Tara.

"He said, 'I'm going to dedicate Monday night's game to Tara, and I'm going to donate $2,500 for every touchdown I score,'” explained Fouad Qreitem, CEO of Paisano’s. "She's a very brave girl."

"Hopefully, on Monday, I can help out with scoring touchdowns for her," said Garcon.

Tara has gone through over 30 weeks of chemotherapy, and her doctors are planning for 36 more. But still, she refuses to give in to her fatigue, insisting that she continue to play her favorite sport -- softball.

"I can fight this and never back down," said Tara.

The Sankners say their lives have been a roller coaster since the diagnosis, but the support of Garcon and everyone else means so much to them:

"It's overwhelming, because it's hard to believe there's so many people out there that are willing to help us out. I didn't know people would do this for us, and it feels very special."

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