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Marion County Community Raises Funds For Local Girl Battling Cancer

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Gabbi Cook, 2, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma in August of 2012.

The rare form of liver cancer required Gabbi to go through several rounds of chemotherapy and eventually a liver transplant.

"She got the transplant on December 20, I think it was," said Gabbi's Grandfather Randy Cook. "Right before Christmas, she got the transplant. In seven days she got four surgeries. It was an emotional roller coaster up and down."

Gabbi and her family have been living in the Ronald McDonald house as Gabbi recovers in the Pittsburgh Children's Hospital.

"They are pretty well done with the surgeries," Cook said. "They're waiting for some bypasses to form in her liver to get the blood flow to get where it needs to go because it's just not where it needs to be yet."

Hospital bills aren't cheap and the Marion County Community knows that.

A group has formed to create a fundraiser to help the Cook family with its expenses.

"We decided that since Gabby really likes the color pink that we would do pink carnations," said fundraiser organizer Bonnita Pena. "We call it 'Pink Out for Gabbi'."

The group is selling pink carnations for $2 each.

All carnations are donated by Backwoods Flowers and More in Fairview.

"We're supplying all of the carnations, we are paying for them ourselves out of our own money," said Backwoods Flowers owner Kurt Helgeson. "We hope that if something ever happened to one of our children, someone would step in and do this for us."

Nearly 400 carnations have been sold before the fundraiser even started.

The goal is 800 and they will go straight to Gabbi in Pittsburgh. Anything past that will go to other kids on the floor.

"She's a beautiful little girl," Cook said. "Has always had a smile and it keeps radiating even though she is going through this."

The Cook family said they are extremely thankful for everything the community is doing to help.

The fundraiser began today and will last until January 29. 

If you are interested in donating to "Pink Out for Gabbi" you can find visit her Facebook page and her website.

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