An unknown author once said, “Sisters are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.” This quote describes the remarkable bond between sisters, Hannah and Natalie perfectly. When five-year-old Natalie was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, her seven-year-old sister, Hannah was right by her side as her support system.
Natalie is currently finishing up her chemotherapy treatment and the cancer is in remission. To remind Natalie how much she is loved and supported, Hannah decided to donate her hair to Wigs for Kids at the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Shave for a Cure” in New York. She wanted to inspire kids with cancer to be brave as they battle this illness, just like Natalie was. Even when Hannah and Natalie’s parents were worried about what classmates would say about their daughter’s shaved head, Hannah didn’t care because she has always believed she is beautiful just the way she is.
Photo by: A Guy and A Girl Photography
Needless to say, her classmates thought she was a hero and applauded Hannah when she arrived at school the next day!
This Thoughtful Thursday, we also applaud Hannah and Natalie for their dedication to one another and generously supporting Wigs for Kids.
It always amazes us how selfless young kids can be. 10-year-old Timmy Tyrrell, who goes by the nickname, Mini, is a little racer fighting for a cure against pediatric cancer. Three years ago, his friend Ella was diagnosed and he saw how her family was affected, so he began brainstorming ways to raise money for them.
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Mini has planned an annual charity kickball tournament for the past three Septembers during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Besides his annual tournament, he has also raised money through lemonade stands, walks and his favorite hobby, car racing. So far, he has raised over $250,000!
When Mini was six, he was featured on NBC Nightly News about his charity work and caught the attention of NASCAR driver, Jeff Gordon. Jeff began donating to Mini’s cause and gave him a chance to go to the NASCAR race to check out cars!
This Thoughtful Thursday, we thank Mini for his generosity to this important cause. If you would like to learn more about this little racer’s mission check out his website, Mini’s Mission.
There are many words that describe Savanna Grace Stuntz-Grosso; a few that come to mind are dedicated, ambitious and generous. This incredible teen placed 3rd in the Ohio Junior Teen division at the National American Miss Pageant in Columbus, Ohio on July 21, 2014. Savanna is now qualified to participate in Nationals in Hollywood, California this Thanksgiving. In order to cover the expenses for this competition, she decided to fundraise.
Savanna is selling advertising space in the National Program Book for the pageant. Step2 is a proud supporter of this wonderful teen. We believe children can achieve their dreams and we want to help Savanna to reach hers.
The National American Miss Pageant means a lot to Savanna because it helped her develop the professional skills she will need as she conquers high school and enters college. Ever since Savanna was six years old, she has wanted to work with endangered cheetahs. She plans on volunteering at the Akron Zoo during her junior and senior year of high school and has many other plans to make her dreams a reality.
Good luck, Savanna! Your hard work will always help you to succeed.
If you would like to help Savanna, visit her GoFundMe page.