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The Deputy family, from left, Brad, 14, Jenny and Mickey, 16, in their Franklin home. Through fundraisers, the family has collected more than $10,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health this year. Caitlin O'Hara | For The Daily Journal

After a battle with leukemia and surgeries to fix holes in her heart, Mickey Deputy and her family know what it’s like to spend time in a hospital.

Now, they’re seeking ways to help sick children feel better.

Mickey Deputy, who is 16 and has Down syndrome, had to have open-heart surgery when she was 10 months old after doctors found three holes in her heart. In December 2004, when she was 7, she was diagnosed with leukemia, her mother Jenny Deputy said.

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