The Short of It
To honor her aunt who died from cancer, a 10-year-old girl creates chemo kits for kids who are also fighting the disease.
After Madeline Domian's Aunt Kathi lost her battle with gastric cancer in September, the 10-year-old girl decided to create kits to help sick kids deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
"I didn't think anyone would ever want to be that sick," she told Today. "Especially kids, because all they want to do is play and have fun."
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The chemo kits include comfort items, like blankets and socks; games to keeps the kids busy; and extras, like mints, lotion and gum. In order to help her create them, Madeline came up with the idea to hold a contest between the grades at her Missouri elementary school to see who could collect the most items.
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"We had no idea Maddie wanted to do something so big," said Michelle Domian, Madeline's mom. "But we're incredibly proud of her."
Madeline and her schoolmates assembled 50 Katie-Do Kare Kits 4 Kids—"Katie-Do" was her aunt's nickname—and the little do-gooder delivered them all to St. Louis Children's Hospital last week.
One of the recipients was Kinsey Siadek, a 17-year-old girl with osteosarcoma, who told Today that the blanket was her favorite item. "Knowing that the blanket was handmade gives it an extra special meaning. I can't believe a young girl did this out of the goodness of her heart," she said.
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What an amazing act of kindness from such a beautiful young lady, inside and out! I can't think of a more perfect way for Madeline to honor her aunt while spreading hope and joy to others.
"I'm hoping to make kids with cancer smile and realize that other people care about them and believe that they can fight and win," Madeline said. "I know I believe in them."
If you'd like to contribute to her cause, visit the Katie-Do Kare Kits 4 Kids YouCaring page.