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      Family needs help to cover hospital costs of young girl with rare blood disease

      "That's the kind of generosity that marks this community and that's why it's a privilege for us to host something like this."

      The Traverse City community came together today for a 21-year-old woman who has a rare blood clotting disease.

      Kelsey Clous was diagnosed with the disease five years ago. This news came only a year after her father died due to a bone disorder.

      Her mother, Carol, has not been able to work because of all the traveling the family needs to do for Kelsey's treatment.

      Today , the Bill Marsh Car dealership hosted a fundraiser, Caring for Kelsey, to help relieve the family of non-medical bill costs associated with Kelsey's illness.

      "People step forward with unbelievable generosity," Bill Marsh, Jr., Bill Marsh Automotive partner, said. "I had a customer earlier today walk in and handed me a check for $1000 for Kelsey and her mom."

      The fundraiser included a bake sale , silent auction, food, and even a car wash .

      Nurses from Munson Medical Center, where Carol worked, organized the fundraiser.

      "All of you that came out today to help are bringing Carol back a sense of life into her being ," Gigette Rudoni, Carol's co-worker, said. "She lost her home , she lost her car , she's got tha t...medical expense ...and this fundraiser is making it possible to give them some stability ."

      Kelsey's family is currently at the Mayo Clinic.

      If you'd like to help out Kelsey's family, you can donate here.

      Caring for Keley has raised $7,127 so far. Their goal is to raise $25,000. They have 23 days left in their campaign.

      Marsh said, "That's the kind of generosity that marks this community and that's why it's a privilege for us to host something like this."