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10-year-old leukemia survivor collects over 10,000 toys for hospitalized children

Sadie Keller, a 10-year-old leukemia survivor, collected over 10,000 toys this year for hospitalized children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

A 10-year-old leukemia survivor collected over 10,000 toys this year for hospitalized children, according to "Inside Edition."

What happened?

Sadie Keller, a fifth-grader from Denton, Texas, told "Inside Edition" that three years ago, she received a devastating diagnosis.

"They told my parents, 'Sadie has leukemia,' and I didn't know what that meant,” she told "Inside Edition."

Sarah Keller, Sadie’s mom, said she was heartbroken by the news.

"Sadie was sitting on my lap and she whispered in my ear, and she said, ‘Momma, am I gonna die?’ And I was hysterical and, of course, I said, ‘No baby, you're not gonna die,’ but deep down I didn't know,” she told "Inside Edition."

Keller said Sadie remained upbeat as she went through chemotherapy and sought ways to help other kids in a similar situation.

Sadie, who is now cancer free, told "Inside Edition" she wanted to do a toy drive, so the Sadie Keller Foundation was born.

In 2015, she collected 1,300 donated toys. In 2016, the foundation collected 5,000. This year, they received 10,323 toys and games.

"I was like, 'Woah!' I never thought this would get this big,” she said.

Sadie and her foundation collected so many toys that her family had to use two moving trucks and get help from dozens of volunteers to transport all the toys to their Christmas donation program — Sadie’s Sleigh — to children in four Dallas-area hospitals.

“I really love it. It’s just nice to see the smiles on their faces,” Sadie told the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of her efforts.

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