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NORTH PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It takes 20 minutes to walk through Julie Healey's home and see all of the pictures of her family, her husband, five children and yes, a few well-fed dogs.

Some of the precious pictures Julie holds dear to her heart are of her daughter Daisy, who was battling cancer. Julie said, "She was diagnosed December 2003, so, at the time, we had a 6 week old, a 21 month old, Daisy was four and-a-half, Emma was six and Sophie was nearly eight. So with five children, and it was the week before Christmas, and our whole world fell apart."

It was the beginning of three years of medical treatments for leukemia.

During that time, Julie realized families dealing with kids with cancer needed financial help and emotional support.

She founded the Be A Star Foundation. "We try and fill in the gaps to keep families afloat we pay mortgages, gas cards, food bills, we just keep them surviving through the worst time of their lives."

It's not surprising that Julie was chosen as one of five Jefferson Award winners. She is humble about the award.

"For the foundation, it's wonderful because it just highlights what we do and hopefully we will get more community support and somebody nominated me anonymously, and then somebody else wrote a letter and when I got the phone call, honestly, I thought I had been 'Punked,'" she said.

How is Daisy's health these days? She is in remission. I briefly saw her on her way to ballet class the day I spoke with her mother.

"She will actually be declared cancer free July the 4th this year, big celebrations," said her mother who reached out during her painful years to help others cope.

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