Emmy's Heart: Tutus & capes for children battling cancer

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 11/15/2012 11:59 am Published: 11/14/2012 11:08 pm

Kayla Fullen knows that tutus and capes won’t cure cancer, but she hopes that it will bring joy to children who are battling it.

“Every kid has an inner super hero and inner princess,” said Kayla.

Kayla recently started a chapter of the national non-profit Emmy’s Heart in Tulsa. Volunteers with the organization make tutus and capes and distribute them to the children in the hospital who are battling illness.

“I'm not cut out to be a doctor but I can craft,” said Kayla, “If I can do this and bring a smile to their face for a few minutes then it makes me feel like I’m doing something.”

The Oklahoma chapter says there is a lot of interest in the group. On Tuesday, Kayla dropped off their group's first bunch of tutus for delivery at St. Francis Children’s Hospital.

Kayla’s first delivery held a special place in her heart. The first tutu she dropped off at the children’s hospital was a custom order for a 3-year-old who is fighting leukemia. Kayla decided to construct a tutu for Delainey Maxwell after she met her at the Cancer Cure Search Walk in the fall.

“I had to make a special one for her,” said Kayla, “Her mother told me that her favorite colors are pink and purple.”

Corrie Maxwell said her daughter Delainey hasn’t lost her smile despite all of the treatments she has had to undergo. “She’s an amazing little girl.”

FOX23 was there when Delainey received the tutu and she twirled and danced around her hospital room with glee.

“I’m just so touched Kayla would do something like this, it's really incredible,” said Corrie.

Kayla says Emmy’s Heart assembly line is just getting started. She and the other volunteers will continue to work for more moments when their heroes can wear a tutu and a smile.

“If that’s what I can do to help the kids I feel like that is what my purpose is,” said Kayla.

Emmy’s Heart Oklahoma is looking for more volunteers and donations. For more information on how to help just click here.

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lvlylia - 11/15/2012 10:27 AM
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this story touched my heart.. made me cry!!
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