Girl's honest deed goes viral, benefits kids' charity

(USA TODAY) -- On Fourth of July weekend, Emily Root fished a GoPro from the bottom of the Chattahoochee River in Helen, Georgia. But rather than pocket the camera, Emily used it to create a video that would help find its owner.

Georgia Southern University professor, Nathan Palmer, saw the video along with 17.6 million others and came forward to claim the GoPro. But the good deed and amazing honesty of this young 12-year-old girl doesn't stop there.

Online support poured in for Emily with one Facebook post demanding, "Now GoPro should step up and give her one of everything they make!!" And although Emily's mother, Leah Fancher Root, was flattered by the post, she responded saying any donations should benefit a camp for sick children instead.

GoPro executives caught wind of the online exchange and decided to donate a set of gear in Emily's name to the charity of her choice.

Watch the video above to see the reporter surprise Emily with the news via FaceTime.

Emily has selected Bert's Big Adventure as the recipient of the camera gear. The nonprofit provides five-day Disney adventures for children with chronic and terminal illnesses.

And even after all of this attention, Emily remains humble. "It shouldn't be such a big deal because that's what everybody should do."


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