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Iowa school collects pennies for sick classmate

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Pennies for Lilly. 

After North Cedar 5th grader Ljiljana gets extremely sick, her school comes together to raise money for her. 

One Cedar Falls student was in orchestra class at North Cedar when she had a brain aneurysm. 

She was rushed to Iowa City, and had immediate surgery that lasted around 6 hours. But it's what happened after her surgery she won't forget. 

She spent several weeks recovering, getting better with the help of her entire school.

Classmates sent her emails and notes, even signing a blanket for her. The school orchestra concert was dedicated in her honor.  

But that's not it, Lilly's friends did something unique. They started a fundraiser, asking everyone in their school to donate change. They called it Pennies For Lilly. 

They ended up raising over $1,500 from the penny drive. 

Now, Ljiljana is still recovering, but she's starting to get back to school. 

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