During an assembly at Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Little Elm, a story was told about a boy who got cancer when he was four years old and passed away from the disease when he was eight. All of the kids at the assembly were moved, especially Abigail, an 11 year old 5th grader.
It was Connor Cruse’s story that Abigail and the students of Chavez Elementary School heard that day. Connor’s mom, Joy, urged the kids to conduct a Coins for Kids with Cancer coin drive. When Abigail realized the seriousness of childhood cancer, she said, “It’s important to give to this cause.”
Raising a total of $2,000, the students of Chavez Elementary got behind TeamConnor in full force. Abigail was determined to make a big contribution and raised $500 on her own. After hearing Connor’s story, she went to TeamConnor.org, created a PowerPoint document with information on childhood cancer, and emailed the slides to her aunt and uncle. Wanting to raise as much money as she could, she hoped that her aunt and uncle, who regularly give to charity, would contribute.
Her hopes did come true, with their gift of $500, however this caused her to be happy and sad. Abigail’s 5th grade class was in a competition with the other 5th grade class. The class that raised the most money would get a popsicle party. Knowing that this donation would put her class far ahead of the other class, Abigail bought and organized a popsicle party for both 5th grade classes. Having learned to be a giving person from her mom and her church, Abigail is showing early signs of being a philanthropist and leader. She also understands the importance of taking care of others from a personal point of view.
“I feel like a better person now that I’ve done this,” Abigail confesses. TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation is grateful for the support that Abigail and everyone at Cesar Chavez Elementary contributed to the fight against childhood cancer.
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