12 year old Grace and her non-profit We Cancerve used K4C microgrant funds to create wearable blankets for kids receiving chemo and other infusions in Baltimore area hospitals. She partnered with a craft store, hosted poncho-making parties during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and then distributed the wearable blankets over the following two months.
- What did you learn from this experience?
It helped me to learn how to organize and be a leader. I realized when we organized into groups, it helped us get our job done easier and faster. I was able to teach the other children how to cut fabric, and I learned that I really love teaching others. It was fun getting together and organizing all of the different stations. It made me feel good inside to know we were doing something to help those who are sick.
2. How will your project continue to have an impact in the future?
It will help the kids at the hospital stay warm and help them not look at their IV pole. They will also be able to take their gift home with them. It also helped our group learn new skills like cutting fabric, organizing and sorting.
3. Why is your work important to you?
Although I am cancer-free now I was diagnosed with Stage IV non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a form of cancer, at the age of seven. I know what it’s like to be weak and sick.
In November 2016 Grace was selected as a Nickelodeon HALO Award recipient for “helping and leading others.”