Central Texas girl launches slipper drive for young cancer victims

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 8:41 AM

CEDAR PARK, Texas -- A Cedar Park girl who went through cancer treatment is giving back this holiday season.

Watching Jaylie Nielson today, you'd never guess that a year and a half ago, the six-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

“She's doing great now. All her scans have been good -- no cancer,” her mother Kajsa Nielson said.  “She is an amazing little girl.”

Now Jaylie and her family want to give to others this holiday season.

“When we were going through treatment, so many people and so many different organizations did so much for us,” Kajsa said. “We've been talking with Jaylie for a few months about what we can do for the kids.”

Jaylie came up with the perfect idea, one that will make sure other kids undergoing cancer treatment at Dell Childrens Medical Center will have a cozier Christmas.

“I like to wear slippers in the hospital, and I thought it would be nice to give people with cancer slippers,” Jaylie said.

So far, the little girl has collected about 200 pairs of slippers, and she’s hoping people from across Central Texas will donate many more. Jaylie says she wants to collect at least 1,000 pairs.

It's a small gesture, that's turned into a major labor of love. Jaylie and her mother hope that these gifts will make a child's Christmas in the cancer ward a little bit brighter.

“It is a hard time, so even just the little things, it means a lot,” Kajsa said.

The Nielsons plan to give the slippers to the kids at Dell Childrens by Dec. 18.

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