Thoughtful girl brings smiles to cancer patients - KOTA Territory News

Thoughtful girl brings smiles to cancer patients


A young girl from Fort Pierre, 12-year-old Joah Royer is an inspiration to many.

What started as a compassionate act toward her grandmother when she was diagnosed with brain cancer, spread to sharing a heart warming gift to cancer patients.  

Love, faith, and hope and shine on is the encouraging message Royer wants to send to cancer patients, and she does it by filling pink bags with a variety of items from journals to games.

"She came home one day and said that she wanted to have this idea to donate things to cancer patients in the hospitals that didn't have anything or family close by to bring them things," said Joah's father, John Royer. 

Last October, Ryan's mother was diagnosed with brain cancer, Joah wanted to help, so she stuffed her first bag of goodies and gave it to her grandmother.

"It makes me extremely proud," said Ryan Royer. "I can't even really put words to it." 

But Joah didn't want to stop there, so she started using money from the tooth fairy to buy more gifts for patients.

Today, word of Joah's generosity has spread all over, and donations have helped her reach more people.

"Yesterday she went shopping and she had a receipt that was taller then she was," said Ryan Royer. "I just push the cart, she throws stuff in it." 

Friday, Joah and her family gave more than 40 of these bags of hope to patients at the cancer center at Rapid City Regional Hospital.

"I think it's awesome that somebody from a younger generation wants to help and provide a gift for someone in a need," said hospital Executive Manager, Paul Clemments. "And gifts from the heart tend to last a little longer, mean a little bit more than maybe some other gifts."

She then went to Sturgis to give away even more bags.

Through compassion, generosity, selflessness and one pink bag at a time, Joah is bringing hope, faith, and spreading her love to everyone she meets.

To donate to Joah's Pink Bags of Hope, visit their Facebook page or at any Wells Fargo bank, just mention Joah's name.

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