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Girl writes book to raise $1 million for her brother

Girl Writes Book To Raise $1 Million For Sick Brother

Makenzie Lawrey, 9, went the extra mile for her younger brother who has mitochondrial disease. Makenzie is writing a book to help raise money to find a cure.

'This 9-year-old wrote 'Mighty Mito Superhero' about her younger brother. She turned her brother into a superhero and wrote about her own experiences,' WINK reported.

She's sold more than 500 books about her 6-year-old brother Gavin Lawrey. Though she's raised about $20,000, she has her heart set on a larger goal: $1 million.

Mitochondrial disease leaves cells in the body unable to produce energy. Those battling the disease suffer from seizures, cardiac and liver diseases and respiratory problems. So far, there is no known cure.

You can also help Makenzie Lawrey raise more money for her 'super' brother by visiting the family's Hope 4 Mito site and Facebook page.

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Allan February 10 2014 at 7:56 AM

wow what a great sister to the kid....there should be more stories like this...

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redsoxgirl February 10 2014 at 7:59 AM

such an inspirational little girl. nothing is stronger than a sibling bond

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ljnace February 10 2014 at 8:05 AM

Gavin will be in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery. Nobody has a more loving sister than Gavin, what a remarkable 9YO.

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samanchai February 10 2014 at 8:07 AM

This is so inspiring. Really tells you, if you put your mind to it you can do anything. Keep this young man and family in your prayers.

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Fraginals5@aol.c February 10 2014 at 8:39 AM

This things is the reason for why I do not admire the Gates foundation or Zuckerberg charity. There is so much need right here, around us, and they choose to go overseas for their "charity" Why? Charity should start at home. As long as there is need at home and do not see the reason to go overseas.

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Gina February 10 2014 at 9:52 AM

It's great that this little girl wants to help her brother and I'm sure now that this story is out, more people will buy that book but the charity people haven't found a cure for anything in all these years. They can't even find a cure for the common cold so how do we expect they are going to find cures for cancer, aids, rare diseases? If more research and funds were going towards Stem Cell Transplants, it would help a lot more people than what these charities are doing. Has anyone come close to finding a cure for ALS? MS? AIDS? Ok, so they found a cure for Polio, that was how many decades ago. The only things I see being fixed are baldness, sexual dysfuntion and a huge array of plastic surgeries. I can't imagine the money that has been given to all these charities over the years and they don't know jack. Where's that money gone? At least with the Make a Wish people you know a child and their family are going to have a fun trip with your donations. Also, donating to Children's hospitals and St Jude are good but again, the main scientists who are trying to find cures for diseases are getting huge funds and finding out NOTHING.

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kwenpin1 February 10 2014 at 9:15 AM

I just bought the book...As a mother who has lost a child, this is an amazing little girl for doing what she is doing...My love is the Make A Wish Foundation since my son had a wish granted 10 days before he passed....Everyone should buy this book....Let's all make a difference

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vrf19977 February 10 2014 at 9:48 AM

What exactly is being done with the money? If it's going directly towards the brother's medical bills or a research foundation for this disease, I'd be all for it. If it's going into the parents' bank account or a trust fund for the little girl, I'd say no way. Know where your money is going before being taken in by a sob story, folks.

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franknudelman vrf19977 February 10 2014 at 9:57 AM

Indeed you need to be very careful where you send donations these days.

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Renate February 10 2014 at 9:54 AM

Those of us reading about your story for the first time today, want to thank you for bringing this unknown condition to our attention. You will find that many of us will go to your site and purchase a copy of the book, so that we too can teach others about this condition. Hopefully, by many of us purchasing your thoughtful and beautiful book, more doctors will take the time to perform research and hurriedly find more assistance for handsome Mr. Gavin. Keep up the great work!
Renate and Bob, Golden, Colorado

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