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Thoughtful Thursdays is a monthly feature on the Step2 blog that honors people in the news that take time out of their lives to help others.

Little Racer with a Big Heart

Thoughtful Thursday: Little Racer with a Big Heart

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.

Mini and EllaPhoto from: Washingtonian.com

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.

A Walk to Remember

Thoughtful Thursday: A Walk to Remember

The bond little ones have with their grandparents is unbreakable. Four-year-old Lilly loves her great-grandma so much that she is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer’s for her. Lilly’s fight to end Alzheimer’s began a year ago when she started asking for donations from her neighbors for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, Lilly has participated in raising money by serving at lemonade stands with her cousins and now she wants to receive a contribution from all 50 states. Each time she collects a pledge from a new state, she colors in the state on her map of the U.S.

Lily Meyers

Photo by: Good New Network

Although Lilly’s great-grandma doesn’t always remember her, she knows that her nanny loves her very much. To Lilly, donating money to this wonderful cause isn’t just about helping her great-grandma; it’s about helping everyone that is suffering from this disease.

We wish Lilly the best of luck with receiving pledges from all 50 states! This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor the devotion this great granddaughter has for her nanny.

If you would like to make a donation, visit Lilly’s walk page.

A Refreshing Cause

Thoughtful Thursday: A Refreshing Cause

When life hands you lemons, what do you do? According to American writer, Dale Carnegie, you should make lemonade! And that’s exactly what seven-year-old Quinn Callender decided to do to help raise money for his best friend, Brayden Grozdanich. Brayden has cerebral palsy and needs a surgery that will help him to walk without braces.

With the help of Quinn’s parents, social media, a fundraising website and some lemons, Quinn was able to spread the word about his lemonade stand to raise money to help pay for his best friend’s surgery. On July 6, 2014, Quinn and Brayden sold lemonade outside their local grocery store and needless to say, their fundraiser was a hit! The boys exceeded their goal of $20,000 and have reached over $59,000.

Quinn and Brayden

Photo from Youcaring.com

This Thoughtful Thursday, we applaud Quinn and his effort to help his best friend Brayden. We wish Brayden and his family a successful surgery!

If interested, there is still time to donate toward Brayden’s refreshing cause through Youcaring.com.