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Nine-year-old Harper Harrell, who is battling leukemia, is dedicated to raising money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, both in and out of the hospital.
With her “Peace for Cancer” T-shirt, Harrell has already raised tens of thousands of dollars for foundations to support others fighting similar battles.
The effort is called the “Brave Like Harper” campaign.
Harrell told Fox News Digital, “I know it’s hard, it’s hard. If there’s anything else I can do to make you feel better than that, I’d be more than happy to help, because doing this is really It’s not easy,” he said.
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After being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October 2021, Harrell began learning about the foundation started by legendary basketball coach Jim Valvano on ESPN’s station.
According to its website, the foundation has already awarded nearly $290 million in cancer research grants across the country and has “grown to be one of the leading supporters of cutting-edge cancer research” since its founding in 1993. The Dick Vitale Foundation for Childhood Cancer has already contributed nearly $60 million to eradicate childhood cancer.
The foundation’s operating expenses are paid entirely out of the fund. So 100% of his donation goes to cancer research.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer, according to St. Jude.
About 3,000 people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with ALL each year in the United States, according to the V Foundation.
It’s a difficult diagnosis, but Harrell knows that “one little thing can make a big difference.”
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Shortly after starting treatment, she began to fiddle with the drawings in her notebook. One of them was a ribbon with the message “Peace out, Cancer” written underneath. Harrell thought the design would make a great T-her shirt for kids facing similar battles.
While Harrell was busy in therapy, her mother, Heather Hindin, found a way to make her dream come true. She set up her campaign for her t-shirts through her custom inks. The plan was to donate half of the proceeds to a foundation and use the rest for her medical expenses.
The duo have launched two T-shirt campaigns and through their advocacy, have already raised more than $24,000 for the foundation earlier this year.
“We also have all these encouraging notes that people can post when they order,” Hindin said. “It helped her so much with her spirit and hers to keep her positive.”
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They launched their third campaign this month, coinciding with National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and have already raised nearly $3,000, specifically for the Dick Vitale Foundation for Childhood Cancer.
Every dollar donated to the Dick Vitale Foundation for Childhood Cancer is worth up to $1 million, thanks to donations from It Works! Founders Mark and Cindy Pentecost.
Harrell, who has always had a passion for helping others, offered some simple advice.