Maya's Story: Actress Mayim Bialik Boosts Awareness, Donations Jump by $10K - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Maya's Story: Actress Mayim Bialik Boosts Awareness, Donations Jump by $10K

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    Maya's Story: $10K Donated to Childhood Cancer

    Ten-year-old Maya Rigler from Bryn Mawr has a rare cancer that's difficult for doctors to treat. Even though she's fighting for her own life, Maya is asking for people to make a donation to Alex's Lemonade Stand to help fight for other. In the day since her story aired, there's been $10,000 donated. (Published Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015)

    Maya Rigler, the 10-year-old from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania battling cancer for the second time, has got a big name rooting her on: Mayim Bialik.

    The 39-year-old actress, known for her role as Blossom on the 90s sitcom of the same name and as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory," took to Twitter and Facebook sharing the girl's fight. She also asked fans to help the Bryn Mawr girl raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand.

     

    Maya has an orange-sized tumor on her pancreas formed by a rare type of cancer called atypical Ewing's sarcoma. Doctors must shrink the tumor before they can remove it. The girl already fought and won a fight against a Wilms tumor on her kidney when she was 2-years-old.

    Despite her own the health scare, Maya is working to help other kids like her by raising $100,000 for pediatric cancer research.

    NBC10 told Maya's story on Wednesday and less than 24 hours later, donations to her virtual fundraising stand jumped by more than $10,000.

    Donations listed on the website ranged in amounts -- $3 from one man, $500 from a rabbi.

    "If everyone tells one friend and they donate the same amount of money, then we could get $100,000," she said.