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    Tanya Custer has been busy parlaying $1,000 in Pay it Forward grant money into a tool for the fight against childhood cancer.

    Through several events, she has more than tripled the money she received from First National Bank.

    Her next event will make a big splash at CoCo Key Water Resort in Omaha.

    Tanya says, "Our event is this coming Sunday, May 25th. The park is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. You have to buy tickets in advance and the cost is $15. And kids under two are free. The deadline to buy tickets is this Wednesday, which is May 21st."

    This is the major event planned in this campaign.

    Tanya says, "I've had so many friends and people donate, almost about $4,000 is what I'm at right now but this is really the big event that I've been waiting for."

    The $15 tickets would normally cost $28. As of Monday, Tanya was approximately 60 tickets short of a sellout. Click here for ticket information.

    If you buy tickets and can't use them, Tanya will give them to families who are dealing with childhood cancer.

    Project Update: 5/25/08
    The CoCo Key water resort in Omaha was packed Sunday for Tanya Custer's big splash, part of her Pay It Forward effort to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

    The more than 200 swimmers included several youngsters who've battled the illness, like Hannah Knudsen. She recently completed treatment at the Mayo Clinic.

    "We're having a lot of fun going down the big water slides," Hannah said.

    Her mother, Sharon Knudsen, said, "There isn't enough research really to fund clinical trials for kids who have rare cancers like Hannah's so these kind of events like Cure Search and what Tanya's doing are just awesome because it will give my daughter a better chance to make it, so we are enormously grateful."

    The success at CoCo Key all started with Tanya Custer's idea to Pay It Forward.

    "I think it's been a good experience to get kids involved and it's just been a wonderful experience altogether," said Tanya, who's not finished. She's gathering pledges for the Milestone Walk For Childhood Cancer on June 7th.

    Tanya Custer is a mother of three children and works at UNMC in radiation therapy. She has personally seen the difficulty of childhood cancer and has decided to help raise money to fight the disease.

    Tanya will also use some of her grant money as part of her fund-raising effort through the cancer walk on June 7, 2008.

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