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Fighting for a good cause with a few tunes

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The band "5 Alarm Fire" is rocking out for a good cause. The six-man band performs for one purpose: to raise money for charities in Tampa Bay.

Their whole message and goal is to help people who need it the most through music. It's a strong message from a group of kids ages 10 to 15 years old. In between studying and playing sports, they make time to have a jam session once a week.

And out of their parents' living rooms, magic is made.

"We're all just good friends and we come together every week and we play music," said bass guitarist and vocalist Alex Pillai. "And we hear about someone who needs help or they come to us and tell their story, and we feel inspired by how courageous they're being."

The band chooses a cause or a sick person, sets up a show, and all the money they raise goes to that charity. The people they're playing for are people, like Natalia, an 8-year-old battling bone cancer.

"It's devastating that a little girl has to go through this, and she hasn't even experienced life yet," said guitarist Drew Fonda.

They felt so compelled by her story, they wrote her a song. Lead singer Zachary Pillai said they hope their song will "show her how to overcome her pain and be strong and hold on." 

The band has raised more than $11,000 so far and hopes their concert for Natalia is their biggest fundraiser yet.

"We want to raise money. We want to raise a lot to help her in the long-run," Pillai said.

Their goal is to raise more and more money and help more and more people who need it, and they ask for nothing but a thank you in return.

"We're not expecting anything more than that, we want to help people, and that's pretty much it," Fonda said.

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