Tuesday, August 31, 2010
What Did You Do This Summer...? These 5 Kids Decide to Change the World!
The children will be traveling the country (in between homework assignments and tests, of course) speaking to various organizations, celebrities and executives through their 20 minute presentation and speech to raise funds for childhood cancer and to create programs with those they speak to support children and families battling this disease. Four of the children are cancer survivors and help serve as advocates to the thousands of other children who are the littlest and bravest among us still fighting their own battle. Their heartwarming stories and innocent determination to make a tremendous impact seems to inspire all who hear them that they too, can make a difference in this world. Dalton Sherman, who was thrust into the national spotlight due to his "Do You Believe In Me" speech in 2008 which you may currently view on YouTube and who has opened for poet Maya Angelou, appeared on Ellen, The Today Show, shared the stage with Donald Trump and whom Oprah welcomed and named as one of the world's smartest and most talented kids is also a member of the group representing those children who are lucky to have their health, but who recognize the importance in making a difference in what currently is the #1 disease killing children.
Funds raised will support the programs of Angel 34, a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer and who served as a support system to four of the children during their own battles with the disease. Angel 34 was originally founded by Nicole Sheriff who at the age of 13 found herself fighting her own battle against cancer. Having witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of childhood cancer on families, the financial burden that cancer carries with it and the hopelessness that can come with the disease, Nicole was moved with the desire to start a foundation in 2003 at the age of 14. Out of compassion for every child she came across, she vowed that she could make a difference in that child's life. It was her wish that every child have their own angel during their time of need.
Since her passing at the age of 15, Nicole's parents have continued her legacy. "I see what Nicole was able to create at the age of 14 and what the organization has grown to today. As children growing up we've been told that dreams are possible and that we can do anything we set our minds to. Here is our chance to prove it to ourselves," says Matt Carey, one of the participating kids. Angel 34 is committed to bringing hope and healing to the children and families of those affected by childhood cancer and to date has distributed millions of dollars to the cause with the proud distinction that 100% of funds raised goes to support children with cancer. Visit http://www.angel34.org/ for more info.
Funds raised from their efforts will go to support various Angel 34 programs such as:
Pet therapy programs
Financial assistance to children and families
Free programs, activities and overnight stays for kids battling cancer and their families at the Angel Field B&B and Retreat Center
Awareness and Education
National and community advocacy programs
The message they deliver.... Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They are in our communities, on our streets, in our companies, our offices and in our schools. They may be sung or unsung. They are children that save their allowance to give to those in need. They are volunteers that give of themselves when tragedy strikes, they are in the lives of those who reach down to bring another up. They are in anyone who sees a need and extends their heart. These five kids have chosen to make a difference in childhood cancer. How will you make a difference?
Dalton is on the "A" Honor Roll and aspires to be a television anchor and after that, maybe President. He enjoys playing sports (especially basketball) and is a blue belt in karate. He's also a member of the Future Leaders Program. Dalton desires to participate in Angel 34's Kids Helping Kids Campaign representing those children who are lucky to have their health, but who recognize the importance in making a difference in what currently is the #1 disease killing children.
"I have learned a lot from going through this. I don't take life for granted because you never know what's going to happen tomorrow. My number one quote is everything happens for a reason. So I try and learn from those reasons in order to make me a stronger person, grow into a better person and to show others that anything is possible."
A few months ago we have a big party for her to mark her end of treatment. My parents also gave me, "The Coolest Big Sister Trophy," it was as tall as me. My little sister is finally done with all of the chemotherapy, she's back to feeling like herself again, and has the prettiest hair now. She still has to go to visit her doctor once a month to make sure the cancer doesn't come back, but the visit doesn't take that long and she no longer has to stay in the hospital overnight so that makes us happy. I'm very happy and proud that my little sister is a cancer survivor and I want to do all I can to help other kids who have cancer too!