Even Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum has purchased some.
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Sixteen-year-old Tyler McClain's family is one of millions in America faced with backbreaking medical bills. In March, her mom Talisha was diagnosed with breast cancer, and as she prepares for her third surgery, the Oklahoma mother of three is unable to work.

The family was forced to make hard decisions to make ends meet, including selling their house.

That's when Tyler had a sweet idea.

"I came home one day and was like, 'mom I want to start a cupcake business,'" she told local Tulsa news station KJRH .

Cupcakes by Unique Sweet Kustom Treats
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Now, as Talisha prepares to go under the knife for a third time, Tyler's thriving cupcake business, Unique Sweet Kustom Treats, is the family's only income. At $2 each, she estimates the cupcakes have brought in a couple thousand dollars. "I know what people like," she noted.

Even Tulsa mayor G.T. Bynum has purchased some. "He told me how at his age he wasn't doing what I was doing and said I should continue to do what I'm doing," Tyler recalled.

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Talisha's doctors say she can't go back to work until January, so the Union High School junior plans to keep baking as long as her family needs her.

"Breast cancer is not a joke," the 16-year-old said. "Now that I know someone who went through it, it's not a joke."

On this Giving Tuesday, you can help the McClain family by ordering from Unique Sweet Kustom Treats on Facebook, donating via their GoFundMe page.