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Olympian brings joy to children with cancer

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Olympian Kaitlin Sandeno spread some Christmas cheer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

The four-time Olympic and gold medalist swimmer teamed up with the Jessie Rees Foundation to distribute JoyJars to kids with cancer.

Each Holiday JoyJar holds 15 to 20 new toys.

Rees began distributing JoyJars herself last year while fighting inoperable brain cancer. She passed away in January, and the foundation she started now serves nearly 200 children's hospitals and every Ronald McDonald house in America.

"Jessie cared for kids that faced the same struggles she faced by bringing joy to their lives and encouraging them to never ever give up," said Erik Rees, Jessie's father and CEO of the Jessie Rees Foundation.

"Never Ever Give Up" became Jessie's motto, and her father said Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston embodies that.  

Rees thanked supporters including Sandeno, UPS and Anthem Blue Cross California for helping pack and distribute 20,000 Holiday JoyJars this season.

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