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Olivia Graham, 5, was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer that targets young children.

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August 06, 2013
FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A fundraiser for five-year-old Olivia "Livi" Kate Graham is taking place Aug. 17.

Her mother, Maggie Graham, said Livi was diagnosed with B-cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, a cancer that primarily affects children between the ages of 2 and 5 after a routine checkup.

"The success rate is 85 percent," Graham said, "but she will need chemotherapy for about three years."

Graham said Livi has a strong spirit and her courage is carrying their family through the hard times.

"I've had to quit working to be with her and take her to her chemo treatments several times a week," Graham said. "Of course there is no place I'd rather be, but the financial burden has been hard."

The New Life Church of God, 1508 Ga. Hwy. 53 East in Dawsonville, is hosting the fundraiser for the family from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17. A $5 donation will go toward a pancake plate and car wash. There will be face painting, bouncy houses and cotton candy as well as a pancake eating contest.

For more information, call Sidney Sears 770-231-3245 or Tasha Hamil at 706-344-8457.

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