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Goodbye Hanover chimps event to benefit children's cancer

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Six chimpanzees in Hanover County are getting ready to say their goodbyes. After a long struggle with the county, the Shepperson family, which runs Windy Oaks Animal Farm is preparing the chimps to relocate to the Houston Zoo.

However, this family is facing another battle. Curtis Shepperson's grandson, Skyler, 11, was diagnosed cancer for a second time, last week. He is now fighting Leukemia.

Skyler overcame cancer as a 3-year-old. A fundraiser at the farm of exotic animals helped pay for his medical treatments.

"We're heartbroken...all of us," said Morgan Sams, property manager at Windy Oaks.

Now, Curtis Shepperson is hoping to turn two oncoming challenges into positives, this Sunday.

Windy Oaks Animal Farm will open its doors for a final time. This will be the last chance for the community to visit the chimps, and the slew of other animals on the farm.

Donations from the fundraiser will raise money to help not only Skyler, but other local children battling cancer. Half of the proceeds will go to the local Richmond-based organization ASK, which helps children suffering from cancer, and their families.

All kinds of fun and games are planned for Sunday, for both the chimps and everybody who comes to watch.

"Two generations of Hanover children have come through here," continued Sams.

Sunday's event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Windy Oaks Animal Farm, 8707 Bultaco Trail, Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111.

The family is asking for a $10 donation from adults and a $5 donation for kids. Children one-year-old and under are free. They'll also be other games and activities to enjoy.

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