Valentines for Tatum - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Valentines for Tatum

Tatum Schulte, NewsChannel10 Tatum Schulte, NewsChannel10
Tatum Schulte, NewsChannel10 Tatum Schulte, NewsChannel10
NewsChannel10 NewsChannel10
NewsChannel10 NewsChannel10
NewsChannel10 NewsChannel10

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -  A nine-year-old Canyon girl battling bone cancer received a special surprise for Valentine's Day.

The Panhandle community and people from around the world are sending their support to Tatum Schulte.

In the coming weeks, Tatum will undergo a leg amputation and an aggressive cycle of chemo therapy. Area residents, people in multiple states and even some in Japan and Australia want Tatum to know she is not alone during this difficult time.

They are sending their support through thousands of valentines and gifts.

The Lopez family has been collecting them for the past three weeks. The family wanted to give Tatum at least 1,000 valentines, but they collected around 7,000.

"We had no idea the response would be so overwhelming," said Nicole Lopez. "We have received valentines from all over the Panhandle and Colorado, New Mexico and Oklahoma. We just can't believe it. We just hope it will bring hope and love that there's so many people out there who are praying for her and cheering her on. We hope she has a wonderful Valentine's Day."

The valentines were delivered to Tatum's home in Canyon Saturday afternoon. A fire truck and DPS troopers lead a parade of residents from Amarillo to Canyon to bring all the presents.

"She's doing really good right now," said Travis Schulte, Tatum's father. "The last round of chemo was a tough one. She did a better job with it than the last time around. She's feeling pretty good right now, but her counts are down so we're trying to keep her away from people and risk her getting sick. But right now she's fighting through it and her spirits are really good and we just thank God for all of that."

You can donate to the Schulte family through a GoFundMe page by clicking here.

Copyright 2016 KFDA. All rights reserved.

  • Valentines for TatumMore>>

  • Madison Alewel

    Madison Alewel

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

    Madison anchors the 4, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. newscasts. She joined NewsChannel10 as a reporter in October 2013.

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami warning; no wave reported

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 7:02 AM EST2018-01-23 12:02:32 GMT
    Alaska QuakeAlaska Quake

     An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch. 

     An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island early Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia while the remainder of the U.S. West Coast was under a watch. 

  • Katie Phipps, initially arrested, testifies in Spielbauer capital murder trial

    Katie Phipps, initially arrested, testifies in Spielbauer capital murder trial

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 12:52 AM EST2018-01-23 05:52:51 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    A highly anticipated witness took the stand today to testify in the capital murder trial of Jeremy Spielbauer. 

    A highly anticipated witness took the stand today to testify in the capital murder trial of Jeremy Spielbauer. 

  • Robert E. Lee Elementary becomes Lee Elementary

    Robert E. Lee Elementary becomes Lee Elementary

    Monday, January 22 2018 11:16 PM EST2018-01-23 04:16:16 GMT

    One local elementary school will be altering, but not changing, its controversial name.

    One local elementary school will be altering, but not changing, its controversial name.

Powered by Frankly