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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- A girl has made a craft into a crusade for a cause close to her heart. Nine-year-old Madison Calvello spends hours making pens into beautiful works of art.

She got the idea after seeing someone selling them at the pool last summer. Calvello sells them at craft fairs for $2.50 and at Hyvee for $3. For supplies, she combs the Sunday ads for the best deals on duct tape.

Madison's goal is to help people with Cancer with the proceeds from the pens. About a year ago, her dad became someone who needed help. He was diagnosed with cancer. He died in January.

Madison and her mom checked out the Kansas City Hope Lodge a place where people stay free of charge while they're getting cancer treatments. She donated $200 to the Hope Lodge with money from pens her dad, a Steelers fan loved.

She still makes pens for her dad. His favorite team was the Philadelphia Flyers so she makes a lot of orange and black ones. It's what she does with the proceeds that she knows would really make her dad smile.

Madison's mom helps her make the pens. She says she'll let Madison decide when she wants to stop but she doesn't see that happening anytime soon. To contact Madison for a pen email her at

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