COLUMBIA, Md. (WJZ) —  A Columbia girl turned 8-years-old on Saturday.

Ada Cottrell celebrated her birthday by raising money for people during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ada lost her father two years ago to colon cancer.

Robert Cottrell was an electrical engineer at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

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He died of Stage IV colon cancer just days before Ada’s sixth birthday.

Ada and her mom want other people to not feel alone.

“If you have a loved one who is sick, who has cancer, and if you have lost anyone with COVID-19, do not be discouraged because there’s a lot of people who are going through the same,” Joyce Cottrell said.

Ada and her mom set up a non-profit that supports other cancer victims by purchasing groceries and paying for bills.

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