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Generous viewers step up to help young cancer patient

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SEATTLE -- The screams of joy could be heard through the halls of Seattle's Ronald McDonald House.

"Oh my gosh! I cannot believe it! That is unreal," shouted Donna Rainford.

To understand Rainford's excitement, you need to understand her daughter's excruciating pain. Lynsie Conradi says she aches 24-7.

Too many medical appointments, too far from home, cost Donna Rainford her job. Her work is now caring for Lynsie. Their church helps with bills, but she's maxed out a few credit cards and relies on Ronald McDonald House for a roof closer to the cancer treatments.

Donna has shuffled between Seattle hospitals and the Bellingham hospital at home where her son Dylan, Lynsie's donor, was being treated for his own medical problems. She reluctantly reached out to the KOMO 4 Problem Solvers for help.

"It's hard to ask, it's hard to ask," she said.

Lynsie is disease free now, but eight years of leukemia has beaten down her body and family's finances. Her hardship struck a chord with KOMO viewers, and one especially generous donor.

This week, the Problem Solvers presented Rainford a check for more than $12,000.

"Oh my gosh, oh my gosh," Rainford shreiked as she jumped off the the couch.

Lynsie cried and shook as she said, "I didn't expect that."

"People are good, aren't they honey," Rainford said as she held her weak daughter.
 
The money means Rainford can care for her daughter a little longer without worrying about work. And Lynsie said, "it makes you feel good to know there's people out there that truly care."