Girl Donates Stem Cells to Save Brother

Elgin, Illinois--A 5-year-old girl donated her stem cells to save the life of her brother.

Brian and Jennifer Godish's son Bradley was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, which is an aggressive form of cancer more common in older adults, in the fall of 2014. The parents were left devastated, but thankfully, a hero stepped in.

According to, when Brian and Jennifer asked their daughter, Charlotte, also known as "Charlie," if she would help her fraternal twin because he was sick, she said, ""Okay, I'll do it. I want to help Bradley. Let me know when you need me.'"

Charlie didn't understand much about the procedure, but she wanted to help her brother. So with that, the two went into surgery at Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago in February of 2014 and thankfully the procedure went smoothly. Now doctors are hoping that the cancer won't come back.

Doctors told PEOPLE .com Charlie didn't complain or cry at all. The little girl wanted to help her big brother out (Bradley is older by one minute).

"As a parent, you want to be a hero to your child, but our kids have been heroes to us. And this whole ordeal has brought the two of them even closer," the twins' father, Brian, told PEOPLE.

Bradley has to be evaluated every two weeks, but he's in remission. Today, his bond with his sister is stronger than ever. The two recently started kindergarten.