Lily Goodwin is from Ionia. Just before turning eight years old, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She's fought and continues to fight a tough battle, which has included two stem cell transplants. The second of which was just two months ago. Lily has been helped in her battle by some middle school friends.

Brianna Fuentes, Ava Curtin and Hailey Fuentes all go to Ionia Middle School with Lily. Last year, they took part in a school fundraiser to help Lily and her family. Then, this summer, they took it upon themselves to run a bottle and pop can drive. They raised $181, which--again--they gave to Lily's family. Officer Mike Cronk--who nominated the girls--said, "I love these kids. They are truly amazing."

Yes, they are. Especially when you consider they also held a bake sale to raise money for their teacher's daughter, McHailey Johnson, who is also fighting cancer. Brianna, Ava and Hailey get today's One Good Thing. Lily and McHailey--we're thinking about and praying for you.

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