Cobb County high school graduate inspires with book on pediatric cancer

- Thursday marks a major milestone for a Cobb County student.

Allison Fine is only 17, and she already has quite the resume. Not only has she published two books, but she also has goals of becoming a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. She graduates from Lassiter High School Thursday and will head to the University of Georgia, where she'll major in political science and marketing.

The graduating senior has a bright future ahead of her, but her road to success wasn't easy. Allison grew up with a brother who was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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"It was hard because I didn't know what was happening. I just knew we spent a lot of time at the hospital and my parents were gone a lot," Allison told FOX 5's Marissa Mitchell. "He kind of looked different. He had a lot of hearing disabilities and missed a lot of social cues. That made it hard for us to go out."

Allison decided to write a book in 2014 called the "The Sibling Story Project." It's a compilation of stories from teens with siblings who were diagnosed with cancer.

Allison wrote the book as a project for Girl Scouts. Last fall, she published an extended version of the book.

"Each story ends on a positive note which is something I think is really great because not every sibling had the outcome they wished," Allison added.

This summer, before heading to UGA, Allison will intern with a brain cancer organization. Her brother's cancer is now in remission. She hopes her books and community service motivate other teenagers to pursue their goals no matter the obstacles.

"Even if it's bullying or other issues kids deal with, it's important to realize that other people understand it and other people want to help you. By reaching out and connecting with those people, you can make a real difference in someone's life," Allison said.

Learn more about "The Sibling Story Project" here. 

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