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Meet Maddy: a 6-year-old for the cure

TIFFIN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

A 6-year-old girl is making a big difference. After losing several loved ones to cancer, Maddy Colatruglio is raising awareness and money, hoping for a cure.

"I wanted to make a team for my Grandma Booth," Maddy explained.

She started her own Relay for Life team called Maddy's Heart.

"I put a big heart on [the shirts], because my grandma said I have a big heart," she said.

The shirts were originally for team members only, but after Maddy's mission spread, the T-shirts have been sold statewide and in eight other countries.

"We're so very proud of her, she's an inspiration," said Maddy's mother Jamie Colatruglio. "With the ideas she comes up with and the things she wants to do, she's proof that little people can do big things."

Maddy has also decided she's had enough of cancer, and started raising money and awareness. In the last year, she raised more than $3,00 for the American Cancer Society.

On Saturday, she is having a carnival at Hedges Boyer Park in Tiffin to raise even more money, and to help out a new friend.

"First of all, we're raising money for the Relay for Life," said Jamie. "But she's also raising money for Savannah Tong, who is a 3-year-old in Hillsborough, Ohio, that she learned of who is fighting a very rare and aggressive brain cancer."

For more information, visit Maddy's Heart on Facebook.

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