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Teen holds yard sale to pay for dying sister's funeral

Posted at 3:45 AM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 03:45:18-04

LEBANON, IL (KMOV/CNN) – With her younger sister battling cancer, an Illinois teenager organized a yard sale to help raise money for the girl’s future funeral costs.

Instead of relaxing on summer break, Elizabeth Cook, 15, worked hard, selling all her old stuff Saturday to help her little sister.

“My sister means everything to me,” Elizabeth said.

Elizabeth’s sister, 11-year-old Katherine Cook, has been battling an aggressive brain tumor. After two years of treatment, doctors say there’s nothing more they can do for her.

“No surgeon will touch them. Radiation is not an option. We’ve tried six different chemotherapies, and none of those have worked,” said Victoria Cook, Katherine’s mother.

As Katherine’s health worsens, Cook says she worries about how the family will cover funeral costs and medical bills.

But thanks to word getting around about Elizabeth’s yard sale, the Lebanon, IL, community showed up and showed support for the Cook family.

“They’ve watched Katherine grow up, so everybody’s a little bit attached to Katherine,” Cook said.

Even Katherine’s favorite St. Louis Cardinals player, Travis Rosenthal, stopped by to give the 11-year-old an autographed jersey.

A GoFundMe page was also created to help with funeral expenses. It has surpassed its $15,000 goal.

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