Golf tournament raises money for Grand Island girl battling rare cancer

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By Eamon O'Meara


Updated: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:28:39 CST

Five year old Katelyn Sybrandts of Grand Island was diagnosed with ependimoblastoma in February.

Her parents learned not only is that a rare form of cancer, but Katelyn's case is even more rare. It was found in a tumor in her tailbone. That's the first time that's been seen in this country.

On Sunday, 17 teams of four played 18 holes in Cairo. All the proceeds go to Katelyn's family to help cover costs of treatment in Omaha.

Golfers were more than happy to come out and support the Sybrandts.

"It was really amazing, there was lots of teams to come out and support Katelyn and our family. It's just awesome," said Stacy Sybrandts, Katelyn's mom.

"Our community has just stepped up so much for our family and we just appreciate
that so much," said Brian Sybrandts, Katelyn's dad.

The Sybrandts say the support from family, friends and even strangers is keeping their family in high spirits as their daughter fights this disease.

For updates on Katelyn's story you can visit her Facebook page, Katelyn's Journey: One Sparkle at a Time.