Eight-Year Old Cancer Survivor Urges Giving to Help "Other Kids Like Me"

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I am an eight-year-old third grader at Grand Isle Elementary. I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was one and with cancer when I was two. I do not have cancer anymore, but I do still have diabetes.

I spent a lot of time in the hospital and the people there were very nice and supportive. Even though it was a hard time for me and my family, there were so many nice people and places. Everyone was kind and helpful. That is pretty much all I remember because I was so young.

When I was seven years old, I became the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Champion for Vermont. The champion is a kid who the hospital chooses, someone they think is a good role model, who has been hospitalized, and who would be a good ambassador for the the hospital.

I was chosen to be the champion in 2017. My job was to go around and raise money for the hospital. The money goes toward things to help kids in the hospital, like research, equipment and programs, like Child Life. Child Life helped me a lot when I was in the hospital. They read me books, played games with me, did arts and crafts, and helped me feel less scared.

I am not the champion anymore, but I still help raise money for the UVM Children’s Hospital so I can help other kids who are there. I know there are kids going through what I did, and I want them to have as good an experience as possible and to get better.

With my school, I am raising money and I hope other people will help, too. My school will do things like have a penny war. I have set up an account on the Big Change Roundup for Kids website where you can donate to my team, the Bobcat Posse, until March 18, 2019.

As a challenge, for every dollar donated on the website, my class will walk a combined mile. If we meet our goal of $500, that would be like walking to Washington, DC!

I hope you will help me and my class reach our goal and support the UVM Children’s Hospital.

Eleanor Wallace-Broduer, 8, is a third grade student at Grand Isle Elementary in Grand Isle, Vermont. 

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