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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- A fundraiser is helping a family of Canadian missionaries continue their work two months after an icy crash on I-74 in Surry County took the life of their 3-year-old daughter.

Churches from all over the Piedmont came together Thursday at the Chick-fil-A at the Thruway Shopping Center in Winston-Salem to raise money so Matt and Lana Cretzman can continue traveling around the country performing missions work.

Since the February 20 crash that killed their daughter Azlynn, the family has stayed in the region while Lana recovers from broken bones, a hurt knee and lacerated liver.

"So many people have loved us that didn't even know us," Lana said.

But Matt said his family must move on.

"We cant quit.  If I quit then her life was a waste," Matt said.

The family said that once Lana finishes rehabilitation in the next few weeks, they will then head to California.

However, with Azlynn being buried in the Piedmont and all the kindness that has been shared by local residents, Matt said it wouldn't be an easy transition.

"Our hearts are here... It's going to be difficult for us to leave -- that is for sure," Matt said.

Thursday's fundraiser included a milkshake eating contest and other games. The event was organized by several churches.

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