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Family of young woman with stage 4 liver cancer to host fundraiser Saturday

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

A cancer diagnosis turns one young woman's life upside down.

Courtney McGill was diagnosed on December 29, 2017 with liver cancer, a rare cancer usually affecting people in their 60's or 70's. But Courtney is only 21 years old.

"We were shocked. I was scared," she said.

It started when she was at work, she wanted to take a deep breath but couldn't. She called her mom and they went to the hospital.

"So then we went in and they did a whole bunch of tests, and they told me on the 23rd that I had a mass." Then on the 29th, she found out she had to begin the fight of her life against stage 4 liver cancer. 

"I guess I'm so used to being busy working I just, I don't know what to do now," said Courtney. "I have a lot of down time. Yeah I mean it's changed my whole perspective of life in general but I don't know how to cope with it quite yet."

Her family is planning a fundraiser at the Rochester Eagles Club  to cover the costs of bills, chemotherapy and other medicine she's taking. It is planned for Saturday, March 3. 

Her cousin, Kari McGill, is helping plan and coordinate it. Perhaps one of the highlights of the fundraiser, is Courtney gets to smash a car donated by Tri-State Towing.

She'll go at it with a sledge hammer.

"It's kind of like a...not really a stress reliever but like in a way it is, 'cause like I wanna beat this," said Courtney.

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