4-year-old local girl fighting brain cancer starts toy drive for kids at CHOP

- A 4-year-old from Lehigh County has an important message that we can all learn from. As little Jillian fights brain cancer she has helping others on her mind and she's making the holiday season sweeter for a whole lot of people.           

Just try to keep up with Jillian Massey. This bundle of energy will wear you out! But behind those big blue eyes is a steely fighting spirit. Jillian is on a mission to give back to the people and friends who got her through the toughest time of her little life.

"Seven months ago, Jillian was diagnosed with brain cancer," Janelle Massey told FOX 29.

So for most of this past year the 4-year-old with the sassy spirit was undergoing chemo at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She beat the odds and shocked her doctors--gaining strength fast enough to be back home under her own tree for the holidays. But that wasn't enough for Jillian with the help of mom and moms coworkers, she's started a toy drive to bring Christmas to the kids that won't be able to wait for Santa by their own chimney.

"Originally our goal was 50 toys and within two days that was more than filled. Now we're going to have more than enough to share with all the kids at CHOP," her mom explained.

1500 toys raised through The Jillian Paige You Got This Girl Facebook page.

"Honestly, it's overwhelming so I mean our initial goal was just to give back to CHOP and everything they've done for us and now this is unbelievable," Janelle said.

The cancer is still there and Jillian will go back in for scans next month. The family is praying for more miracles. Jillian has proven she's full of them.

All of these toys will be hand delivered by Jillian her friends and family to the kids at CHOP. Jillian says she can't wait to give them to her friends who are still there."

"I'm so thankful all these people are helping all these kids that are down at the hospital. It's really a miracle that she gets to be home during the holidays," said her brother Jack Massey. "She's so happy, she's laughing, and caring ,loving .I like her being back to her normal self now."

 

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