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Rocky Hill girl gives back while battling her own illness

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Our team headed to Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill where Lia Roybal, 13, was in class unaware of her surprise. (WFSB) Our team headed to Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill where Lia Roybal, 13, was in class unaware of her surprise. (WFSB)
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

The Channel 3 Liberty Bank SurPRIZE Squad headed to Rocky Hill this week to a young girl who is exceptionally charitable.

Our team headed to Griswold Middle School in Rocky Hill where Lia Roybal, 13, was in class unaware of her surprise.

Roybal spent the majority of her life giving back to others.

When she was 5 years old, Roybal decided to donate her hair to a charity that makes wigs for people with cancer.

She has already donated her hair five times. Roybal will donate her hair for the sixth time next month.

Roybal's family said she was inspired after a family member battled cancer.

However, Roybal has done even more than hair donation.

"When she was a little kid, instead of getting gifts, she wanted the kids at the Children's Hospital to get her gifts instead of her," said her father.

Lisa Cerniglia, Roybal's teacher, said her student is simply a good person.

"This kind of act that she's doing for other children doesn't surprise me at all, because this is just so typical of the type of child she is."

Although Roybal spends much of her time helping others, she has had to juggle a serious medical issue.

Nearly five years ago, Roybal was diagnosed with epilepsy.

"She wants to be normal like every other kid, but she does have struggles," said Roybal's mother.

When our squad arrived, Roybal was called down to the principal's office where we were waiting with her parents.

"She's going to first freak out that she's called down to the office and then she's going to freak out when she gets down here and sees you guys," said her mother.

Once Roybal's nerves settled and she realized she wasn't in trouble, we gave her a pair of Broadway tickets and some spending money for her trip.

This will be her first time seeing a Broadway show.

"In New York? Oh my God!" said Roybal.

Although they were excited for the trip, Roybal's parents were mostly excited their daughter's charity received a reward she truly deserved.

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