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Family raises more than $15k for 11-year-old dying of cancer

Garage sale for dying Lebanon girl's funeral expenses

Katherine Cook, 11, is dying from medulloblastoma (a brain tumor). Her Lebanon family is holding a garage sale to raise money for her funeral expenses.
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Katherine Cook, 11, is dying from medulloblastoma (a brain tumor). Her Lebanon family is holding a garage sale to raise money for her funeral expenses.

A fundraiser to pay for the final expenses of 11-year-old Katherine Cook has raised more than $10,000 and even attracted attention from a her favorite baseball player.

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on Saturday visited a garage sale aimed at raising money for Katherine’s funeral. Katherine is dying of an aggressive brain cancer called medulloblastoma.

A post on the family’s GoFundMe page showed a picture of Rosenthal smiling with Katherine, her sister, Elizabeth, and their mom, Victoria.

“Katherine loves him and was happy but tired,” their mother said of Rosenthal’s visit.

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St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Trevor Rosenthal visited Katherine Cook on Saturday. Cook’s sister organized a garage sale for the 11-year-old who is dying of brain cancer. Provided v5jfHD1dQBmNkZump74yoiOi61evRHLX

As of Sunday morning, the family had raised $10,745 through their online fundraiser and raised an additional $5,000 from other donors, Victoria Cook said. The family was holding another garage sale Sunday.

The family discovered in May the 11-year-old would not survive the cancer and would only live a few months. The girl’s 15-year-old sister decided to organize a garage sale to raise money for Katherine’s funeral expenses.

Katherine was first diagnosed with the cancer in July 2015.

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