Lezlie Sterling/ lsterling@sacbee.com

Nesha Spidell, 19, cradles her little sister, Khya, 2, near the front door last month while waiting for her mom to come inside. Khya was born with a brain malformation incompatible with life and her mother was told she wouldn't survive past birth. Khya lived for 2 years but passed away Nov. 22. Because of her journey, helping to care for her little sister, Nesha wants to become a nurse. The family is asking Book of Dreams readers for three laptops for the family.

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