Garage sale fundraiser for teen in need of a liver transplant

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PEORIA, Ariz -- A garage sale is a good way to make a little money and clear out some junk. For one Peoria family, their garage sale has a much more important goal.

That's because the family is trying to raise money for a life-saving liver transplant for a sixteen-year-old girl.

Last year, doctors diagnosed Danielle Rodriguez with auto-immune hepatitis and chronic liver failure.

"I was pretty scared at first. Didn't know how it would affect my life," says the junior at Centennial High School.

Rodriguez's mother, April, explained that doctors said Danielle had the liver of a 40-year-old alcoholic. It was shocking to hear considering the teen has never had a drink in her life.

April says everyday is struggle for her daughter, "Sometimes she can't get out of bed because the pain is so bad."

The Rodriguez family has had its share of struggles. Danielle's father beat cancer several years ago. Like dad, the teen is determined to one day find a match and get a successful liver transplant.

"I just take it day by day, keep my head high," inspiring words from a young person.

The family hopes to raise money for medical expenses through garage sales and raise awareness about the challenges in their future -- hoping prayers and kindness will give them the hope they need to keep pushing forward.

The Rodriguez family is planning to hold another garage sale soon. There is also an account set up for Danielle at Bank of America. Donations can be made at any BofA branch.