Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mini Philanthropist

The other day I heard an inspiring story that I thought would be great to share. Helping others in need or those less fortunate is such an admirable, selfless act in my mind. I am not even talking about donating billions of dollars like the great Warren Buffet or Bill and Melinda Gates, but rather bringing a smile to the face of someone that needs it.

Here's the thing. The story that I stumbled upon was led by a child. I am so humbled and impressed by the mission of this little one!

The story is of a little girl named Hanna who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, stage four Burkitt's Lymphoma, when she was 7. She experienced all of the sad and nasty things that come along with this kind of diagnosis, but has turned this experience into an opportunity to help others. She is 9 now and doing well! To read more of her story, you can check out her website here or read up on the story that the local new station published here.

Hanna was granted a wish by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to Disney World which was a wonderful experience for her. Hanna's Hearts of Hope is an organization that sells necklaces to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The necklaces are supercute and made of walnut and melted crayons. This little girl is creative to boot! If you would like to help her reach her goal of raising enough funds for 10 wishes or check out her creations, you can do so here.

*Images from Hanna's Hearts of Hope website.

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