6-year-old cancer survivor donates 700 toys to sick kids

Dan Cassuto meets the little girl known as the Cancer Princess who's giving away hundreds of presents.

TACOMA, Wash. -- A van pulled up to the Mary Bridge Children's Hospital carrying a little girl with a big gift.

Dryden Shirks, 6, with help from her brothers and sisters, collected and donated more than 700 toys to sick kids at the hospital.

"I had cancer and I got lots of toys," said Dryden. "I want to make other kids happy with toys, too."

Dryden spent two-and-a-half years at Mary Bridge battling leukemia. She's been cancer-free for two years.

"I remember getting tons of pokes and walking to other kids' rooms, saying it's OK, don't be scared," she said.

Dryden worked with businesses in Tacoma to establish collection bins for the toys.

"They're going to have a happy face on them," she said.


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