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Lake Texoma fundraiser benefits kids battling cancer

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Kids have fun at the Fish Bowl fundraiser at Catfish Bay Marina. (KTEN) Kids have fun at the Fish Bowl fundraiser at Catfish Bay Marina. (KTEN)
Axel Epps, 6, is a two-time cancer survivor whose family stayed at the OK Kids Korral. (KTEN) Axel Epps, 6, is a two-time cancer survivor whose family stayed at the OK Kids Korral. (KTEN)

KINGSTON, Okla. -- On Saturday morning, families attended the inaugural Fish Bowl at Catfish Bay Marina to raise money for children living with cancer.

"It's incredible," said volunteer Kory Autrey. "Just the opportunity for me to be involved in such a wonderful organization."

Six-year-old Axel Epps is a two-time survivor of hepatoblastoma, a type of cancer that attacks the liver. The Fish Bowl benefits him and his family.

"It's kindful, helpful, and for people to get better," he  said. 

Proceeds from the Fish Bowl are earmarked for the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City, which provides a comforting home away from home for kids receiving treatment for cancer and their families.

"It's hard to put into words to what a place like this means," said Chris Epps, Axel's dad. "It's not just a motel… we've become family."

Oklahoma country singer Toby Keith opened the OK Kids Korral six years ago as a function of his foundation.

"I could work there every day for the rest of my life for free, giving back, and never come close to paying for what they've done for us," Chris Epps said.

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