Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 20, 2012

Birthday girl gives instead of receives

BLUEFIELD — ASHLAND, Ky. —

The best gift Makailyn Bradley could imagine receiving at her birthday party was one intended for someone else.

Stephanie and Tim Bradley's daughter, who turned 9 on Dec. 5, told family and friends she didn’t want any gifts for herself; she just wanted people to donate hats, scarves and gloves for chemotherapy patients at a local hospital.

“On the invitations, we asked that they not bring gifts but to bring a donation,” Mrs. Bradley said.

Mrs. Bradley said the gift-giving idea was all her daughter’s. About four months ago, “She said, ‘Am I going to have a party?’ and I said, ‘Yes, if that’s what you want to do.’ She said “I want to do something for people,’ and this was what she decided she wanted to do,” Mrs. Bradley said.

The 9-year-old student at Catlettsburg Elementary School has lost an aunt and uncle to cancer and her grandmother is a five-year cancer survivor. She also has a classmate who has had cancer surgery.

The girl’s birthday gift drive raised 64 pairs of gloves, 40 hats and 18 scarves.

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Details for this story were provided by The Independent in Ashland, Ky.

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