Local woman helping sick kids feel like princesses

Local woman helping sick kids feel like princesses »Play Video
BONNEY LAKE, Wash. -- A Bonney Lake woman has found a unique way to help sick children forget they're fighting for their lives, but she could use some help.

In a home office turned tutu workshop, Janay Conner is running out of time. She has until Thursday to reach her goal of $1,000 to buy and donate tutus to kids fighting cancer and other diseases at Mary Bridge Hospital.

Conner knows what it's like for a child to fight cancer, and she knows what makes them forget, even for just a minute.

In 2008, Conner's 1 1/2-year old niece, Nadine, was diagnosed with leukemia. A month later, a second niece, 2 year-old Casey, was also diagnosed with leukemia.

"The doctors were like, they've never seen that before," Conner said.

After 152 weeks of chemo and radiation, both girls went into remission. But nearly a year later, Nadine's cancer came back.

"Last year, January 24, 2012, she passed away," Conner said. "So this tutu drop off is going to be in her honor."

Conner said the tutus are in memory of Nadine, but were inspired by Casey.

"On top of losing her hair, she looked very bloated and I said, 'Look Casey girl, look at the pretty girl in the mirror,' and she said, 'No, Nana, I'm not pretty any more,'" Conner said.

It was that conversation that inspired Conner to create her tutu workshop. The girls wore handmade tutus over their hospital gowns for every appointment, and each became a princess rather than a sick kid.

"Just be a kid, and not a kid fighting for their life," Conner said.

Conner is just $140 away from her goal of $1,000. She has nearly 300 tutus and fairy wings, as well as superhero capes for the boys.

If you'd like to donate to the cause, you can do so here.