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Jillian Massey's family: 'Every minute of every day her dreams became her reality'

5-year-old Jillian died of brain cancer Mon. night

Jillian Massey knew how to make a difference.

The five-year-old's dream was born last year, with a goal to collect 50 to 100 toys for children on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia oncology floor, where she was receiving cancer treatment. She exceeded that goal by thousands.

And this year is no different. 

Jillian and her brother's classmates at Southern Lehigh Middle School raised $15,000 for a shopping spree at the Quakertown Target.

The day before Thanksgiving, they filled cart after cart, clogged up the checkout line and stuffed a U-Haul.

The 2nd Annual Sassy Massey Toy Drive will also deliver gifts to three other hospitals, but CHOP is first on the list.

Jillian was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer last year. Sadly, Jillian died Monday night around 8 p.m., her family posted on Facebook.

"She didn't lose this battle because she never knew she was battling. Rather she won. She won the right to be a 5 yr old showing the world how to live and not worry about fighting a monster that she didn't know existed or ever had a fair chance at beating," the post says.

Last week, Jillian's family said her health had started to decline and she was losing mobility.

"Although she is mentally strong and not questioning, her body is starting to deteriorate," the Nov. 29th post says. "The blessing in all of this is she still wants normal and her energy and sassiness is very much strong."

Before she died, Jillian also got to fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian. In July, Jillian worked alongside Dr. Ron at the Valley Central Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center.

Details on services for Jillian can be found here.


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