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Teen donates to Tri-Cities Cancer Center

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A local teen says she wants people affected by cancer to know they're not alone. She decided the best way to do that is to make an inspiring donation to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

This is the last year that 17-year-old Samantha Cox will be a member of the 4H Club and she wanted to do something special.

Samantha raises rabbits and auctions them off at the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo each year. The teen normally donates 10% of her earnings. This year, she decided 100% would go straight to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.

She said it was an easy decision after a fellow club member lost a family member to cancer during last year's fair.

Many were moved to tears when her rabbit raised a whopping $5,600 to donate.

"There was people in the crowd that were crying. You could look at all these faces and tell who it really touched. Who had lost somebody. It was really hard in a good way," said Cox.

"We're just so thankful. It's so touching to us when kids and teenagers want to make these contributions because it really shows a great investment in our community and what young people we have out there for the future," said Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation Events Specialist Elizabeth McLaughlin.

Connor Construction was the main bid, but several others also chipped in. McLaughlin says the donation will go towards many things, such as paying for free screenings and services they provide to patients. They plan on meeting with Samantha and her family this week to receive the check.