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Girl Writes Book To Help Save Brother

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A nine-year-old girl is on a "super" mission to save her little brother's life.

Six-year-old Gavin Lawrey suffers from a mitochondrial disease that attacks his cells. There is no cure for the deadly disease and the boy's mother says the research for a cure is underfunded.

"He turned 18 months old and a light switch went off. He just changed," Brandy Lawrey, Gavin's mom recalled. "And we had never heard of it and we didn't know what it was."

In need of a hero, Lawrey's nine-year-old sister, Makenzie, sprang into action. She wrote a book called "Mighty Mitto Superhero" about her little brother.

"It's a horrible disease," said little Makenzie.

She is hoping to raise one million dollars for research towards finding a cure.

"'Hopefully, I can raise a million dollars," Lawrey recalled Makenzie telling her. "I said, ‘a million dollars. What?'"

"And she said, ‘how about 10,000?' and I said, ‘no a million,'" Makenzie said. "The ultimate goal is find a cure."

So far Makenzie's book has raised twenty thousand dollars in just one week. A Facebook page to help Gavin has also been active. They have more than 1,190 likes already.

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