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Pay it Forward: Young girl with rare kidney disease gives back to hospital that treats her

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In April, Nellie did a toy drive for Primary Children's Hospital (Photo provided by Sarah Mainor)

(KUTV) Nellie Mainor spends a lot of time at Primary Children's Hospital.

"We come here three days a week," said Sarah Mainor, Nellie's mom.

Nellie has a rare kidney disease called Dense Deposit Disorder.

It requires her to get dialysis treatments several times a week.

"Every time after dialysis I feel so much better, " said Nellie.

Nellie also has a blood disorder and needs blood transfusions a couple times a month.

As you'd imagine, Nellie has several activities to do while she waits hours for treatment to be finished.

"Sometimes I watch movies and sometimes I play games," said Nellie.

She will also participate in art and music therapy, which she likes a lot.

But what she really loves is helping people. So she often works on service projects during her treatments.

"Like making cards for somebody or doing a lot of great stuff for people," she said.

This month, she is working on making Fathers Day cards for people at the hospital. She will give them to staff members or patients there.

Nellie does the projects to say thank you to the hospital that takes such good care of her.

"My doctors are so amazing and also my nurses," she said.

In April, her birthday month, she held a toy drive and collected over 500 toys for patients at Primary's.

"She went to each business and asked if she could put a toy box there," said Sarah.

And when she's done coloring her cards this month, she already has a project in the works for next month.

"I want to do a blood drive because I want to give back to some little kids," said Nellie.

And of course her mom is by her side, encouraging her each step of the way.

"Makes me very proud, very proud that she has such a giving heart," Sarah said.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to help Nellie with her service projects.

You can help out by attending the blood drive she is planning for Saturday, July 22nd.

The blood drive is happening from 11AM to 3PM at 500 South Main Street in Kaysville, which is an LDS Church meetinghouse.

Fiiz will be at the drive and will have drinks and snacks for purchase. Part of the proceeds will go to Kidney Foundation.

If you can't attend the blood drive and still want to help, you can donate to the National Kidney Foundation in honor of Nellie Mainor.

To help Nellie with future projects, you can visit her Facebook page or email her at 4nelliepower@gmail.com.



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