A 4-year-old girl with brain cancer is giving back to the friends she made during treatment with a holiday toy drive.
Jillian Massey of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, has collected about 3,000 toys through her Facebook page titled, Jillian Paige – You got this girl, surpassing her original goal of 50 toys.
“Jillian has been at the heart of all this wanting to deliver these toys,” mom Janelle Massey told ABC News. “She’s so excited to bring them to all her friends and the children still at the hospital.”
Jillian was diagnosed with medulloblastoma in April. She’s been fighting the cancer that’s in her brain and spine through chemotherapy and stem cell transplants.
But throughout it all, the feisty little girl nicknamed “Sassy Massey” never lost her spunk, her mother said.
“Her positive, happy-go-lucky attitude has gotten her through this,” Massey said. “She doesn’t know she’s battling something bigger. She has no idea she’s sick. She’s just been living. My husband and I, we’ve asked doctors not to tell us how much time we have left with her, if it’s months or years. We’d rather just live in the moment with her.”
Jillian was a patient at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia until October, when she was deemed strong enough to go home by doctors. That same month, she and her mother decided to start a toy drive after Massey’s coworker Dan Emmerson introduced the idea, she said.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Nicole Pelletiere