Chelsey has always believed in giving back to the community. A senior at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD, she has always been encouraged to find a cause that she was passionate about and try to make a difference. While volunteering, Chelsey met a young girl battling rhabdomyosarcoma and they became fast friends. She saw how strong her friend was throughout treatment, organizing toy drives and other fundraising events for those less fortunate, all while undergoing cancer treatment. Chelsey knew she too could find a way to help children and adolescents with cancer.
She asked some of her friends to join her and together, they started a toy drive for residents of The Children’s Inn at the National Institute of Health (NIH). The success of that toy drive sparked Chelsey to form a club at school dedicated to giving back to the community.
Her club joined the 2013 Washington, DC CureSearch Walk and raised more than $200 for children’s cancer research. “We were all so moved by CureSearch’s mission and the research that they are funding,” says Chelsey. “We wanted to make a difference for all the children battling cancer.” This year, the club decided to organize another fundraiser and partnered with the local California Pizza Kitchen for a week dedicated to raising funds for CureSearch. They raised more than $600 in just one week!
Chelsey hopes that the success of this fundraiser will lead to even more successful events for CureSearch. She hopes that other young adults like her will remember that anyone can make a difference; all it takes is a little hard work and a lot of passion.
Chelsey and her friends are already planning for the 2014 CureSearch Walk. You too can make a difference by joining your local CureSearch Walk. Visit www.curesearchwalk.org for more information.