Romona's Kids: Change Bandit raises money for hospital

AKRON, OH (WOIO) - A year ago, we told you about a little girl who's proving she has a big heart, by raising money for the hospital that helped her baby brother. Now, she's at it again, but this time it's because they also helped her in the past year. We went to Akron for this week's Romona's Kid.
Jillian Rose had to be rushed to Akron Children's Hospital three times in the past year.

"The staff here was amazing to her, they gave her a "brave cape," and made her feel comfortable and safe," said Jennifer Rose, Jillian's mother.  "So as a thank you, she is a change bandit this year."
Jillian raised $300  for the hospital's annual radiothon as a "change bandit." That means she collected change from family, friends and her entire Canton Elementary School. They had three fundraisers where kids paid a quarter to come to class in a costume.

"They dressed as princesses and superheroes and sports figures," said Jillian.
"Our children are very involved in our Radiothon, they really are the heart of why we do this, it's children giving back to children," said Nicole Avalon, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals program manager.

"A lot of the kids who give back have been treated here so they're just thanking the doctors and nurses who took care of them while they were here."
Jillian's brother William had his feeding tube removed and is now eating and drinking on his own. For the family, it's yet another reason to be thankful to Akron Children's Hospital.
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