A very special 9-year-old named Emily Sissel has donated her $225 in birthday money to the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Emily gave the money out of the goodness of her heart where she threw a pink-themed birthday party and gave out breast cancer awareness
stickers and pamphlets, according to the Ironton Tribune
Emily has had to come to terms with the reality of the disease far earlier in her life than most girls her age. Sissel's family has had four women diagnosed with breast cancer and many others who have battled through the disease or lost their battle.
When asked why she donated her birthday money Emily simply replied, "I just wanted to help people get their medicine and get better."
Emily made her donation to the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund which helps Southern Ohio residents schedule regular mammograms and help breast cancer patients during all stages of treatment.
According to the American Cancer Society, women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40.