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Town of Brant teen not allowed to drink well water

Posted at 6:50 PM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 18:50:05-05

The Lake Shore Central community is rallying around 15-year-old Caitlin Burbige.

The Town of Brant teen recently received a bone marrow transplant after battling leukemia. Although Burbige is in remission, she still has to take medication to keep the cancer away. It's even creating an unique problem.

Under her doctor's orders, Caitlin can't drink the water at her house. Because the house is connected to well water. Doctors won't allow her to consume it, unless it's boiled. Since well water is natural and unfiltered, doctors worry it could compromise her new immune system.

That's why students at Lakeshore Central School, where Caitlin attends, donated hundreds of bottles of water.

"It's a lot. I don't know how I'm going to drink it all," Caitlin said.

Folks in Evans have even started a "Water for Caitlin" campaign. They're trying to raise enough money to buy a filtering system for her home.

"I'm very grateful for that. They have given me a lot," Caitlin said.