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San Jose 7-Year-Old Raising Thousands to Fight Cancer

There are more than eighty teams signed up for this year's Cambrian Relay for Life. One team captain, however, stands out from the rest, and not just because of her size

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    There are more than eighty teams signed up for this year's Cambrian Relay for Life. One team captain, however, stands out from the rest, and not just because of her size. (Published Thursday, Apr 18, 2013)

    The morning after Kenna Reeder's mother, Robin, died of breast cancer, the 7-year-old walked into the family kitchen holding a jar. She sat down and started pulling money out and counting it. 

    Her father, Jordan, asked her what she was doing. Kenna said, "Getting ready for Relay."

    She was talking about Relay For Life, the American Cancer Society's annual, overnight, fundraising walk.

    The Reeder family, including Robin, fielded a team for the 2012 Relay, but this year Kenna decided to lead her own.

    With the help of her younger sister, Ava, and more than two dozen friends Team Reeder Kids leads all 82 teams in terms of fundraising, having brought more than $16,000 so far.

    You can watch Kenna's story above.

    You can find out more about Relay For Life here. To find out about Teem Reeder Kids, click here.