KOMO viewers come through to help sick kids feel like princesses

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Janay Conner as she looks at boxes of donated tuts and capes from KOMO viewers.
BONNEY LAKE, Wash. -- KOMO viewers have come out in droves to help hundreds of sick children who will now feel like kids instead of hospital patients.

Janay Conner has found a way to make sick kids forget their cancer with tutus and superhero capes. She got the idea after her nieces Nadine and Casey were both diagnosed with Leukemia in 2008.

"This is what they understand -- I can dress up, be a kid," Conner said.

Casey didn't understand cancer, but she knew she didn't like her hair loss and weight gain from meds.

"I said, 'Look, Casey girl, look at the pretty girl in the mirror,' and she said, 'No Nana, I'm not pretty anymore,' " Conner said.

Conner changed that with handmade tutus. The girls wore them over their hospitals gowns and for few precious moments, they forget about cancer. Both girls went into remission, but for Nadine the cancer came back. She passed away last Jan. 24.

But on Thursday, the one year anniversary of Nadine's death, Janay plans to donate tutus and capes to sick children at Mary Bridge Hospital.

On Monday, we told you she was $140 dollars short of her goal. But KOMO viewers instantly responded and sent the Problem Solvers shopping to surprise Janay with several new tutus and superhero capes.

But the love kept pouring in. In less than 24 hours, we raised $6,000.

"That is the coolest thing," Conner said, tearfully.

Conner says she knows her niece is dancing in heaven.

"I'm so grateful," Conner said. "There are so many times in life you don't think the world is good and then are times like this and you know what it is good."

Conner plans to deliver tutus, capes, ferry wings and wands to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital Thursday morning. She says Thursday's donation will become an annual event and she plans to do multiple donations each year.