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