By Jessica Kartalija

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — This holiday season, most 10-year-olds are asking their parents for toys, but one asked for something else.  WJZ ‘s Mike Schuh reported on a little girl who asked for money for her bus driver who’s fighting ovarian cancer. Turns out, she got more than she could imagine.

Laura Martin may be a school bus driver, but to Olivia Wietstruk, she is Miss Laura, the world’s best bus driver.

“I really love her a lot,” says Olivia.

Martin works three jobs and is battling ovarian cancer.

“The kids on the bus noticed that I was losing my hair, and I started wearing a cap,” said Martin.

“I was scared, very nervous,” she adds.

The students didn’t just notice, they did something about it. Olivia and her dad started a GoFundMe page, hoping to raise $2,000. Her friends joined in and they did a lot more than that. Together, they raised $4,570 and reminded everyone what the holidays are truly about.

“These little girls with these big hearts. I just tear up when I think about it,” says Martin. “This just doesn’t happen in today’s world,” she says.

Olivia and her friends write Miss Laura Christmas cards.

Miss Laura and Her students

“Miss Laura, thank you for driving the bus even when you’re feeling bad,” writes Whitney.

“Miss Laura, thank you for driving the bus even when you’re feeling bad,” writes one student, Whitney.

“Miss Laura, you mean so much to me. I could never stop thinking about how amazing and beautiful you are. Never give up,” writes Olivia.

“I really want Miss Laura to live. She is a beautiful and wonderful lady,” says Olivia.

Part of the goal was if Olivia Wietstruk reached her goal, her dad would die his hair pink — which he did.

Cliff Wietstruk Pink Hair

To contribute to Olivia and her dad’s GoFundMe page for Miss Laura CLICK HERE.


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