A brand new doll can cheer up just about any little girl, and one Austin 7-year-old is spreading the joy to some kids at Dell Children's Medical Center who are fighting cancer and blood disorders.
Scarlett Milling decided over the summer that it would be a good idea to raise money to buy dolls for girls her age since she loves the dolls so much. Three lemonade stands and an online fundraising campaign later, she collected $2500 she needed to buy 25 American Girl dolls.
"It will make them happy and they won't be scared anymore," explained Milling just minutes before she got to hand out the dolls. Her parents, Mary Moore and Dr. T.J. Milling couldn't be more proud of their second grader.
"It's a long time for follow through and we're impressed and very proud," said Moore of her daughter.
Scarlett made sure the girls got to pick out their own dolls.
For 5-year-old Nicole Rivera, the doll couldn't have come at a better time. She opened her new gift just hours before surgery. Doctors discovered a plum sized tumor in her brain last year and while she's cancer free, she is still fighting the side effects.
"I was so worried and mom told me to get the doll because I've wanted it forever," Nicole said with a big smile on her face. "I love it."
"It's so great to see other little girls who are caring about her," said Nicole's mom, Christy.
Nicole decided it would be a good idea to name her new doll Scarlett after her new friend.
Hugging her doll Scarlett tightly, Nicole walked back up to her hospital room and Scarlett left the hospital determined to buy more dolls.
"Over time I think there will be more little girls who get cancer so I will raise money for that too," said Milling.