Ella Wilson makes a special stop on her way to chemotherapy every Thursday.
The 6-year-old who has neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder in which nerve tissue grows tumors, brings food and blankets to a homeless woman before heading to the hospital for treatment, Fox 29 reports.
“It just fills my heart with a lot of joy that she’s actually thinking of me when she has so much going on. She’s an angel,” Morgan, who meets Wilson every Thursday at the same intersection, told the news outlet.
According to Wilson’s “Hope for Ella” Facebook page, that tracks her progress and raises research funds for the disorder, she’s recently started a 14-month chemotherapy regimen to treat brain tumors. Wilson, who is from New Jersey, travels to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for treatment, according to Fox 29.
The first-grader is one of 3,000 to 4,000 individuals born with neurofibromatosis, according to nih.gov.
Jeneece Edroff, an 18-year-old from British Columbia with the same genetic disorder, faces similar challenges and maintains an equally positive outlook.
Since diagnosed at age 3, Edroff has raised over $1 million for children’s charities, KAAL TV reports. She started at 7 years old with a penny drive at her school, according to the news outlet.
Thanks to an anonymous donor, Edroff was flown by private jet to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to seek treatment last November, the Vancouver Sun reports.
And despite what’s ahead, Edroff says her experience has inspired her to continue helping others.
"My main dream? I want to become a child life specialist to work with kids and children in hospitals," she told KAAL TV.