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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A six-year-old cancer survivor is paying it forward in an amazing way, by collecting hundreds of toys to give to sick kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"I feel really great about it, and I think it's going to be fun," said Baylee Nichols.

Baylee Nichols will turn 7 in just a few days, and when her parents asked her what she wanted for her birthday, they got a surprising answer.

"For my birthday this year, I just wanted to donate toys to PCH, and no presents for myself," said Baylee.

So her mom put the word out hoping to get a few donations, she was overwhelmed by the response.

"We made a Facebook event, and we really had no expectations, nothing. We didn't know what to expect. In 38 days over 1,400 items, 115 donors nationwide," said Baylee's mom.

Baylee is no stranger to Phoenix Children's Hospital. She was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia when she was just a year old.

"When I was younger I was there," said Baylee.

After a bone marrow transplant from her brother, and seven weeks in the ICU, her cancer went into remission. That was five years ago.

"She understands what it means to be there, she understands what it means to be away from your family, to be in a scary environment, and she just wanted to help these kids out a little bit," said Baylee's mom.

So Baylee gave back to those in a place she's all too familiar with, in hopes of spreading a little cheer, all at her own expense.

"For her to say she wanted to make other kids happy was just the best gift ever," said her mom.

"I felt like it was the right thing to do," said Baylee.

Baylee's mom says they have been inspired to keep going based on the response. They will be starting a foundation. If you'd like to help donate you can visit:
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