“I believe in little girls changing the world.”
I believe in the power of lemonade stands and little girls changing the world.
Recently, I heard a sweet little girl was having a lemonade stand for Riley near me. On my drive across town, I got to reflect on when I used to be that little girl. My love for Riley began with donating money from lemonade stands in elementary school. At the time I was convinced that the $10.60 I was able to donate from selling lemonade would make such an impact. That belief has only grown stronger.
My little brother receives life-enhancing care from another Children's Miracle Network hospital, and that has made me aware of how much our nation's children's hospitals need our support. Knowing what it’s like to have a sibling whose life has been impacted by a children’s hospital makes me all the more passionate about raising funds and awareness to provide hope for the families in Riley’s care.
Serving as President of Purdue University Dance Marathon this year, every day feels like a dream. Every day, I get to cheer on an army of 500+ Boilermakers fighting pediatric illness. Every day, this army of hope has opportunities to directly impact the kids at Riley.
At Purdue, we believe in the power of one. One person. One donation. One movement. One little girl’s lemonade stand. That's how you change lives. That’s all it takes. All of those ‘ones’ add up. Any person or act, no matter the size, has the power to make a difference.
Every single dollar brings hope and healing to the kids and families at Riley, whether that dollar is from a little girl at her lemonade stand, or a girl who has grown up to be a part of the movement that is Dance Marathon. I believe in the miracles and hope that every single donation can bring.
I believe in those little girls changing the world, one lemonade stand at a time.
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