12-year-old's moment of honesty goes viral, lands donation

FT. CAMPBELL, KY-- Top honchos at GoPro noticed a 12-year-old girl's moment of honesty that went viral.

On Fourth of July weekend, Emily Root fished a GoPro from the bottom of the Chattahoochee River. You helped spread the selfie-video and track it to a Georgia Southern University professor. Nathan Palmer was surprised and amazed by her honesty and determination. He wasn't the only one. 17.6 million of you saw the story through shares and likes from 11Alive's Facebook page.

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Mike Dockstader posted: "Now GoPro should step up and give her one of everything they make!!" That comment got hundreds of LIKES. But Emily's mom, Emily Fancher Root, responded: "You guys are super sweet for that, however we would have to decline the camera. It would be a wonderful donation to some of the children's camps for sick children."

GoPro executives saw that post and contacted us. Marketing spokesman Kelly Baker told 11Alive's Julie Wolfe they want to donate a set of gear in Emily's name. Since she's in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where her dad is stationed, Julie surprised her with the news on Facetime.

"That's amazing!" Leah said when Emily gaped in surprise.

After some thought, Emily remembered an organization she loved back home in Georgia: Bert's Big Adventure. She said she wants to the GoPro to go to them. As for all of this internet attention: Emily says it's nice but completely unnecessary.

"It shouldn't be such a big deal because that's what everybody should do."


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