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7-Year-Old Cancer Survivor Returns to Hospital With Legos for Patients

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A 7-year-old Virginia girl who spent most of the past year in cancer treatment returned to the hospital Monday bearing gifts for other patients.

Poppy Sellier spent last Christmas fighting leukemia on the 10th floor of Inova Children’s Hospital — the oncology unit.

In August, she became a cancer survivor.

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Poppy returned to the 10th floor hauling a wagon full of Legos — surprise gifts for the kids still fighting cancer.

It’s really inspiring to see someone so young giving as much as they can to people who were in the same place as her.

Children's Hospital Patient Alaina Gibson

She and her family have been collecting the Lego sets for months.

“Well, a lot of people donated them, and Mom ordered a lot on Amazon,” Poppy said.

Poppy’s mom asked for Legos on Facebook, and donations were piled up on her front step the next day.

“It’s really inspiring to see someone so young giving as much as they can to people who were in the same place as her,” said Alaina Gibson, who was admitted to Children’s Hospital just four days ago.

Poppy also delivered Legos to patients’ siblings.

“I just want to put smiles on their faces by giving them Legos,” she said.

To donate a Lego set, mail it directly to Inova Children’s Hospital with a note that your donation is for Poppy’s cause.

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