In case you missed them, these super kids did some amazing things in 2017!
1) Shane Boylan
Did you know that in the U.S. depression affects over 20 million adults each year? That's one in ten adults. Shane knew he had to do something to help so he started a fundraiser. In conjunction with the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, Shane set up the Depression Doesn't Ride 10-mile bike ride fundraiser in their town of Highland Park, New Jersey in honor of his father. "My dad liked to ride his bike, so I decided to do a bike ride. We looked for someone to help us and that was Hope for Depression Research Foundation."
2) Jessica Meyer of SURVIVORville
Jessica is a brain cancer survivor, who is a part of the Women Survivors Alliance. The Women Survivors Alliance is 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by women cancer survivors for women cancer survivors. They celebrate survivorship and its journey, and ultimately give hope to others.
3) Swim Across America
In 2012, Mary Ellen's son Jonas was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina, when he was just 3 years old. After getting his right eye removed and starting chemotherapy, just 3 months later Jonas beat his cancer and was fitted with a prosthetic eye.
The same year, the president of Swim Across America Janel Joregensen-McArdle and former Stanford teammate of Mary Ellen reached out to her to talk about her family's story. Swim Across America is non-profit that puts on open water swim events to raise money for children like Jonas who are fighting cancer. After speaking to the group in Atlanta, Mary Ellen decided to start Team Jonas—and was ecstatic to use swimming to help find a cure for childhood cancer. "I felt that our gift to Swim Across America was our family's story," says Mary Ellen.
4) Jack Cunningham
Jack Cunningham is a normal kid. He does well in school. He loves playing sports and hanging out with friends and family. He also happens to be missing both of his legs... But he hasn't let his condition stop him from living life to the fullest.
5) Jonathan's Dream
In the early 90s, Amy's son Jonathan was born with spinal muscular atrophy (which is similar to Lou Gherig's Disease). One day while at the park with 9-month-old Jonathan, Amy noticed a young girl in a wheelchair, who was unable to play on the jungle gyms and other park features. This inspired Amy to action—she decided that kids living with disabilities like her son should have access to parks designed for their unique needs. Two weeks later, Jonathan passed away.