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A viral video helps a Minnesota girl get a guide dog

Ruby Ardolf is one of only 12 people in the world with a genetic condition known as Stromme Syndrome.
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Lakeville's Ruby Ardolf is an internet darling after a simple Instagram video of her answering her mom's questions went viral.

The 12-year-old appears in the minute-long video that was uploaded last week, answering about her favorite Disney characters (Frozen – all of them), her favorite person (Mama), her views on squirrels (not a fan), and the favorite thing about her dog Stella ("When her paws are wet").

The video, as of Monday, has been viewed more than 560,000 times. It kickstarted a fundraising campaign to help her deal with Stromme Syndrome, a rare genetic condition affecting only 12 people in the world.

According the GoFundMe page, Ardolf has developed microcephaly (a birth defect resulting in an unusually small head), vision impairment, bowel obstruction, short stature and developmental delays as a result of the condition.

But it doesn't affect the sunny demeanor she shows in the viral video, which has melted hearts across the internet. Here it is:

A post shared by Angie (@angieandruby) on May 16, 2017 at 4:11pm PDT

The success of the video took her mother, Angela, aback. But she launched the fundraising page in the wake of its success, aiming to raise $15,000 to get a facilitated guide dog that can help Ruby "walk more independently" and prevent her from getting injured on stairs and obstacles.

It took mere days for the fundraising drive to reach its target, which happened on Monday morning much to Angela Ardolf's emotional delight.

"The outpouring of love and support has been so amazing, humbling and awe-inspiring, not only to Ruby and me, but to so many of my family members and friends," she wrote on GoFundMe. "I have shed many happy tears throughout this whole process."

Ruby's mom commented on Facebook that the sudden attention "caught me totally off guard." As ever with the internet, she received a few "cruel comments" from internet trolls "who have nothing better to do than put other people down."

But she said the positive remarks "far outweighed the negative," adding: "It has been a crazy wild ride."

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