HOMETOWN HERO: Tiffany & Jeremy Owen

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A Bowling Green couple lost their daughter to cancer earlier this year, but instead of focusing on their own pain, they're reaching out to help others struggling with sickness.

Jeremy and Tiffany Owen lost their six-year-old daughter, Peyton, to DIPG back in April.

"It's a brain tumor. It starts around your brain stem and then it'll grow along your main nerves that tell you how to walk, talk, eat," Tiffany said.

They're heartbroken over the loss, but it has pushed them to help others in that same situation.

"She would always receive packages in the mail with toys and stickers and blankets and what not. We just remember how much that meant to us to see her face light up," Tiffany said.

They started a program on Facebook called "Peyton's Little Prayers."

They send boxes of toys to children with cancer.

"Now we're up to five, and I've got more ready to go. We try to send out about three a week. They deserve more," Tiffany said.

She finds the children on Facebook and asks if they would like a box.

"I'll search them out. I'll stay on there and search them all out," Tiffany said.

The children in her family also are involved.

"We just write letters and we send them off to these sick kids. We write, 'Get well soon and we hope you feel better.' And we send them toys so they can be happy and stuff," said their daughter, Hannah Owen.

They hope to send many more packages in the future, and Skate Box is helping support the goal.

"Coloring book, a small toy -- donate that and get free admission," Jeremy said.

For sending smiles to sick children across the country...

"She's the hero. All theses little kids battling it -- they're the heroes," Tiffany said.

We honor the Owens as this week's Hometown Hero.


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