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Small community holds big fundraiser for teen who died last year


CARLISLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A heart condition took a 19-year-old's life but friends of Beth Livingood are making sure her memory lives on.

Friends in Nicholas County organized an event in her honor on Saturday at Jockey Park in Carlisle to raise money to help people wanting to go to college.

With just a quick glance, it may not look like anything more than a vendor fair but if you take a closer look at Saturday’s event, you'll see that it holds a much deeper meaning.

"She was a very special girl and her life ended too soon," said Beth Livingood’s Aunt, Carol Vice.

Saturday’s fair and heart walk was held to honor the memory of 19-year-old Beth Livingood, who died unexpectedly last August from an unforeseen heart disease.

"I would rather have her here with me than to even have this but it’s been very well done, it’s amazing" Beth’s mother, Amy Vice, told us Saturday.

Beth’s mother hopes this event helps raise awareness for the deadly disease.

"With Beth we did not know anything was wrong. She had no signs what so ever."

Out of the 49 vendors at Saturday’s event, one of them was ‘Bows for Beth’ and they're planning to put 100% of the proceeds made on Saturday into Beth’s scholarship fund.

"It’s amazing how everyone has just come out and donated money for scholarship in her name."

A small community spending their Saturday supporting a much bigger cause and reminiscing about the young girl whose life was taken far too soon.

"I’m proud of everybody and I know Beth would be too, I know she's looking down, smiling."

The "Bows for Beth" scholarship fund provides $500 scholarships for two graduating high school seniors.

For more information on Bows for Beth, just visit their Facebook page.


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