“She was larger than life, tough as nails,” Lolly Hader says of her daughter Daisy.
At the age of just eight years old, Daisy Hader passed away from a rare disease. Her short life was a constant battle, spending months at a time in the hospital.
“Towards the end she was getting down. She just wanted to come home,” Hader said.
So when Daisy passed away, Lolly thought of an idea that would help hospitalized kids smile just a little. Every Saturday, Lolly goes to Benefis Health System hospital and delivers toys to those kids, and even their siblings.
The non-profit is named after Daisy’s love for rainbows: Daisy’s Rainbow Cart.
“When we were bringing her home from Seattle for the last time, there were some beautiful rainbows, about ten of them. I knew that was her sign telling us she was okay,” Hader said.
Daisy’s spirit continues to live on in that hospital. Nurses describe her as quick-witted and funny.
“In nursing, you are very fortunate to meet some amazing families that in turn teach you a lot. I think any one of my nurses that took care of them [Daisy and her family] would echo that,” Paula Walker, NNICU and pediatric manager, said.
Hader tells us it’s it the best feeling in the world to see those kids’ faces.
“They just light up. I wish I could bottle up those smiles and show everyone how fabulous it is to make somebody’s day a little brighter,” Hader said.
Daisy’s birthday is on February 15. She would be turning 10 years old.
“We decided to name is Daisy’s Rainbow Cart because I think she’s spreading rainbows and smiles,” Hader said.
Amazing Toys and Target have sponsored the program and have donated several items to help launch the Daisy’s Rainbow Cart program.
Anyone who would like to help by donating money, gift cards, or new, unopened toys can contact the Benefis Foundation at 406-455-5840 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daisy was visited by Seahawks star Russell Wilson while she was receiving treatment in Seattle