Pay it 4Ward: Local mom transforms to help sick kids

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For children fighting serious illness, she is a fairy tale come to life.

A local mom named Cristen Miller has made dressing up as Elsa from the movie Frozen her full time passion. She has made spreading love and making kids' faces light up, even as they are fighting disease, her passion.

"I hold back tears," Miller said. "It's so awesome to see they look up to a princess, a queen the way that they do and, for me, it's like, 'Wow!'"

We met up with Princess Elsa, Miller's alter ego, at the OK Kids Corral, a special place built by Toby Keith to help sick children and their families.

That's where we found little Kaybree Mann and her family, who are from Hobart, Oklahoma.

This past July, at just eight years old, Kaybree was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. She met Miller as Princess Elsa for the first time shortly thereafter.

The little girl, frail from putting up a brave fight against cancer, lights up when she sees Miller in her sparkling blue Elsa gown. The two immediately sit together, hugging and whispering to each other. Kaybree, sits twirling Miller's long braided hair.

Michael Rowland said he nominated Miller for First Fidelity Bank's Pay it 4Ward because of special times.

"She brings joy to people, to little kids that are sick," Rowland said. "She don't charge to come see them at the hospitals or anything like that. I mean, that just gives the kids hope."

First Fidelity Bank's Lauren Harris was eager to honor Miller.

"Hearing stories like this one is just so touching, and what she's doing for these children is simply incredible" Harris said. "On behalf of First Fidelity Bank, it is my pleasure to Pay it 4Ward today."

When we surprised Miller with the news of being our Pay It 4Ward recipient and receiving $400, she was overwhelmed.

"Love is a gift," Miller said. "Love is free, and a lot of people want to see the change in this world, but they don't want to be the change, and that's why I do what I do. I want to be the change in the world."

Miller said she does it for families like the Mann's, who are struggling to come to grips with a heartbreaking reality.

For fathers like James Mann, trying to make life for Kaybree as normal as possible, "It means absolutely the world just to see the joy in her face, in her eyes to light up, it's absolutely amazing."

Miller said she plans to put the $400 towards her work as Elsa and toward providing gifts for parents of the children she visits.

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