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Lego Drive Preserves Brother’s Legacy for Hampton Cove Girl

It’s only been four months since Heidi Quist lost her brother, Josh, to cancer, but she’s making sure his legacy carries on—brick by brick. As part of her fifth-grade leadership assignment at Hampton Cove Elementary School, Heidi and classmate Taylor Clark organized a Lego drive in Josh’s honor to benefit the children at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Huntsville.

Josh Quist was 12 when he was diagnosed with a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor—the fastest-growing and most common brain cancer. Doctors gave him three months to live, but his parents refused to accept that timeline. They researched medical trials, getting him into anything that could help his chances for survival, according to a GoFundMe site developed in his honor.

A little more than a year later, Josh died from the cancer. Since he loved Legos, Heidi decided to dedicate her project to her brother, according to Nina Lee, one of the people helping to get the word out about the drive.

New lego sets can be donated at Hampton Cove Preschool, Hampton Cove Elementary, Hampton Cove Middle and Cove Church before May 12.

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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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