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Feb 4, 2014 2:20 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Local Teen Gives Thousands to Girl in Need of Cancer Treatment

CORPUS CHRISTI - Tuesday is World Cancer Day. People across the globe are raising awareness about cancer and standing up to it. One local teenage girl is doing just that for one of her best friends. Elayna Lathrop was a participant in this year's Nueces County Junior Livestock Show. She vowed to donate half of her earnings to "Brooke's Blossoming Hope", a foundation for just one of many children, battling cancer.

"I was kind of nervous because I thought I might throw up, up there," Elayna said.

Elayna described how she was feeling the moment her rabbits started going up for bid. The 7th grader has a heart as big as the donation she's giving to her friend Brooke Hester. Brooke is a 6-year old girl who has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the nearly four years.

"She has this cancer that goes on through a lot and it goes through different stages and she's at the part where there's a lot of money you have to go through," Elayna said.

Brooke was diagnosed with cancer in November of 2010. Since then her mother has established "Brooke's Blossoming Hope" a nonprofit foundation with a mission to help children just like Brooke, fight cancer.

"I think that by doing this the people would donate more and then she'd have enough money and then she'd be done with cancer and if childhood cancer got more money I think it'd be helpful to them so no more kids have cancer," Elayna said.

Every year more than 13-thousand children are diagnosed with cancer in the United States, according to the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Elayna wants more kids like Brooke to receive the help they need.

"She's a girl that would do the same for me," she added.

Elayna says that morning, she decided, half of the money from her rabbit sales was going to Brooke's Foundation.

"She needed it and so I was trying to be brave up there and so there bidder was bidding on stuff and it was kind of hard to understand but I heard 4 thousand at the end and I was relieved," Elayna said.

She says more donations will be coming in until February 12th for the foundation in connection to her sale and generous offer. She's says it was a choice, she never thought twice about.

Brooke's family is incredibly grateful for the donation. They are in Michigan, getting special treatment for Brooke at a hospital.

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