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18-year-old raising thousands of dollars for cancer patients in CSRA

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Nina McCallie and her uncle George Inman have always been close but three years ago their relationship took a different turn when he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer.

"He was diagnosed with stage VI glioblastoma brain cancer and just seeing him and his journey over the past three years has been totally encouraging," said McCallie.

She is now on her own journey to spread the same message of hope that Inman has through his battle with cancer.

McCallie is a senior at Westminster Schools of Augusta and she was crowned homecoming queen this fall.

Since then she has used her platform to raise money and awareness for cancer patients in the CSRA.

"Right now we've raised over eight thousand," McCallie, said.

That's $8,000 that has come from people she knows and business sponsors. Now she's aiming to raise $10,000.

"All the money will go to care packages for cancer patients," said McCallie.

Inman says he knows how much a care package means when you're facing some of the most difficult days of your life.

"It makes a huge difference in your outlook to have someone come to you and give evidence of that love," said Inman.

Danielle Moores is a Media Relations Consultant for the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center and she says the packages will show their patients they have the support of their community. 

"I think it definitely will make a difference in providing extra care and extra support for the families going through chemotherapy and all the treatments that are necessary for brain cancer," Moores, said.

Between school work and being the captain of three sports teams, McCallie doesn't have a lot of spare time, but she is spending it by pouring her heart into the people who need it most.

"A great deal of admiration for an 18-year-old to be able to accomplish what she has and a great deal of respect for the way she's gone about doing it," Inman, said.

McCallie says the care packages should be ready for patients in a few months.

McCallie is organizing a fun run called Break Away From Brain Cancer on March 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Savannah Rapids Park.

The event is free but they're encouraging people to donate $25.

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