PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix mom and the foundation named after her daughter have adopted more than 100 families who have children with cancer or blood disorders.

Cami King who knows exactly what these families are going through.

Her 7-year-old daughter, Jaydie Lynn King, was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2005.

"She wasn't able to walk anymore. She was in a wheelchair, she was back in diapers, she couldn't talk," she recalled.

Jaydie fought for seven months before cancer took her life.

King was devastated.

"I'll never be the same," she said.

However, King fought through her own pain to help others. It's what her daughter wanted.

She said when Jaydie was going to chemotherapy, she would bug her to bring extra blankets and stuffed animals for the other child patients.

"In the actual infusion room there are kids hooked up to machines everywhere. One day she was just standing there and looked at me and was like they don't have anything," she explained.

When Jaydie was feeling well, she would deliver the items herself. When she wasn't, she would direct her mom to give them out for her.

"Jaydie knew she had more than most kids had," she said. "She knew I could go to the store and get whatever she needed, but she knew other kids couldn't and that other families couldn't afford those things or they didn't have the time to go get it, so she wanted to make sure whatever she had, they had. That's just how Jaydie was. If I have it, why can't they have it? They should have it too."

"When she knew it was getting to the end, she had me promise, even though she wasn't here and wasn't able to beat cancer, that I was going to help kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital," said King.

That's why King created the Jaydie Lynn King Foundation.

For the past 12 years, King has organized the adopt-a-family program in partnership with the Phoenix Children's Hospital.

The hospital provides King with the names of families, all who have children with cancer or blood disorders, and a list of their needs.

Friday, at least 70 volunteers will pack a Phoenix warehouse to wrap gifts that range from household items and food, to toys.

To learn more about the Jaydie Lynn King Foundation, visit https://www.teamjaydie.org.

 


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