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Girls battling cancer pay it forward

Best friends, Maddy and Gracie, raised more than $390 to buy clothes at Justice, a tween clothing store, for their entire pediatric ward, just to make the kids' Christmas in the hospital a little better.

Posted: Nov 25, 2017 6:52 PM

Chico, Calif. -- Christmas is coming early for some very special children. Best friends, Maddy and Gracie, raised more than $390 to buy clothes at Justice, a tween clothing store, for their entire pediatric ward, just to make the kids' Christmas in the hospital a little better.

Maddy Ballew is from Chico and Gracie Gonzalez is from Gridley.

They are both 13-year-olds and battling cancer at UC Davis' Children's Hospital.

And this year, they decided to go on a shopping spree for their whole pediatric ward.

 

The 13-year-old girls are battling cancer. They met at UC Davis' Children's Hospital in July when Maddie was diagnosed. Gracie has been in treatment since April of 2016 and will be done in July of 2018.

"There's not a lot of girls or even kids our age so right away when we met, we clicked because we liked the same things," said Gracie Gonzalez. 

And on Saturday, thanks to generous donations from the community, the girls went on a shopping spree for their whole pediatric ward.

"We tried to stay on the comfy side of clothes for the hospitals," said Gonzalez.

The girls organized a fundraiser and asked for gift cards to their favorite store, Justice, a clothing store for tweens.

Justice gave the girls 40% off of everything in store, helping the girls save several hundred dollars.

If you would like to help out these girls, there's still a chance.

"If you wanted to buy something at Justice for the cause, you can say, can you just donate to the UC Davis cause," said Maddy Ballew. 

The girls are also accepting any other donations you think the kids would need.

"Boy's clothes would be great. We don't have a lot of that stuff, and we're trying to stick to sizes 6 through 12," said Gonzalez.

The girls were accompanied by their family on Saturday's shopping spree.

"It's by far been the hardest thing our families have had to go through, but in the midst of a really hard time, we've met a lot of great people. Gracie has made a lot of new friends. This kind of thing, the Christmas Drive, it really helps us get through it," said Julie Gonzalez, Gracie's mother. 

The girls just can't wait to share their new gifts with their friends back at the pediatric ward.

"There's a lot of kids whose families can't visit often. It always makes us happy to know that someone likes the gifts we're giving them," said Ballew. 

Maddie and Gracie are still collecting donations until November 5th. The girls will do a big Christmas gift delivery to their entire pediatric ward at UC Davis. 

If you would like to donate, you can contribute at any Justice store. You can also email their family for donation inquires at Njballew@sbcglobal.net

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