AKRON, OH (WOIO) - This is Valentine's Day weekend and a very small girl is proving she has an incredibly big heart by raising money for a local hospital.
6-year-old Jillian Rose is a Change Bandit for the Akron Children's Hospital Radiothon.
Her 2-year-old brother William has had three surgeries over the past year to help him swallow. Things kept getting worse, so last August doctors at Akron Children's put in a feeding tube. Now William is eating and growing.
Jillian wanted to give back to the doctors and nurses, "because Akron Children's saved my brother's life."
Jillian collected spare change from family, friends and her Canton elementary school.
"She hosted a fundraiser at Cici's Pizza and bused tables and waited on customers," said Jennifer Rose, Jillian's mother.
The first grader is one of the youngest fundraisers for this year's event.
"The little notes they write are so precious and their hearts are so pure and they just want to help in the most basic of ways, it's a great way they can help, just collecting change," said Nicci Avalon, Children's Miracle Network Hospital Program Manager.
"The staff here at Akron Children's is phenomenal, they take wonderful care of the kids and the family," said Rose, "That's the reason why Jillian wanted to be a change bandit this year because of the wonderful care they took of William, she wants then to be able to do that for other children."
Pledges are used to buy child-sized medical equipment and help pay for patient care.
The Radiothon continues through Saturday February 14 on Akron's 98.1 WKDD radio.