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.