A 10-year-old mourning the loss of her aunt to cancer is being celebrated for creating a very special gift for kids facing terminal illness. Madeline Domian of Fenton, Missouri, won the support of her entire elementary school when she announced that she wanted to create chemotherapy kits for kids fighting cancer.
In memory of her 65-year-old aunt Kathi Reinhold — aka "Katiedo" — who passed away from gastric cancer, Madeline decided to hold a school-wide contest to encourage students to donate items that would later be given as comfort gifts to children with cancer.
Students in kindergarten through second grade were charged with collecting socks and blankets, while third-, fourth- and fifth-graders collected activity items, such as colored pencils and games. The kits also include gum, mints and lotions to help kids deal with the side effects of chemotherapy.
"Kids at my school love to be happy, so the fact that we're making other kids happy makes them happy," Madeline told Today.com.
The contest was so successful that Madeline and her schoolmates were able to donate 50 Katie-Do Kare Kits 4 Kids to the St. Louis Children's Hospital last week.
One kit recipient, Kinsey Siadek—a 17-year-old with osteosarcoma—was especially excited to receive a Katie-Do Kit which included a handcrafted blanket.
"Knowing that the blanket was handmade gives it an extra special meaning," Siadek told Today. "I can't believe a young girl did this out of the goodness of her heart."
Find out more about Katie-Do Kare Kits on Facebook to see how they're helping kids cope with cancer.