Update: 4-year-old collects over $4,000 for families in St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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ELKMONT, Ala. - At a very young age, we learn a lot of lessons that we use for the rest of our life.  We learn how to be nice, how to share, what to do and what not to do.  A precious little 4-year-old girl in Limestone County has already faced some tough obstacles, and she is using her life lessons to bring hope to a family going through difficult times.

Molly Paysinger is strong. She's been through a lot, though.

"She is my wild child. So I want her to be this prim proper little lady and she is wide open -- never stops. Nothing ever gets her down -- rough and tough," said her mother, Christy.

Molly has spent more than half her life fighting cancer.  She's also spreading hope, though -- by giving back to families at St. Jude.

"We just had the idea, why don't we raise money by giving back to the hospital?" said Christy.

Molly turned to neighbors, and within a month of raising money, she collected $1,124.

Recently, someone broke in the family's house and stole the money.

Christy Paysinger said it's not about the money. She feels for the person who took it.

"It hurts my heart worse that somebody has chosen to live life in such a dark place that this is the only last resort," Christy said.  "There is no doubt in my mind that when they got home, they knew exactly what that money was for where it was supposed to go."

She's holding on to hope, though.  She hopes the person will decide to do the right thing and give it back.

The Paysingers say the person responsible can simply leave the money in the mailbox or on the porch.  Meanwhile, they will continue to raise money for St. Jude.  They have a Go Fund Me account for donations. There will also be an account set up at the Redstone Federal Credit Union.

*UPDATE* 5/2/2016

Molly's mom, Christy Paysinger, told WHNT News 19 today that the family will  be traveling to Memphis next week to check on Molly's remission status.

The total amount of money raised to donate to St. Jude totaled a little more than $4,500 from all combined resources.

The money that was originally taken has not been returned, however, the family has not lost hope.  Christy Paysinger says, " they have not lost hope. It's never to late to make things right. I just hope whoever they are knows that regardless they have lots of people praying over their heart."

The donation account is still set up at Redstone Federal Credit Union and anyone can ask to donate to Molly's St. Jude Fund.

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