Friday, August 14, 2015

Sydney's Gold Ribbon Blankets

I'm always on the lookout for fantastic role models for my kids, especially young women who are working hard to do really wonderful things for others. Sydney is 15 years old and one of the kindest and most compassionate teenagers I have ever met.
She decided that she wanted to do something kind to help kids who have cancer...she thought that kids would like something cozy and cheerful while in the hospital and came up with an idea to bring a little cheer to their hospital rooms. Sydney makes fleece blankets, and includes them in a care package to brighten their days in the hospital.
She is a really terrific kid and I am thrilled that Rosie got to spend the day with her and maybe soak in some of her awesomeness.
Rosie completely adores Sydney and is especially proud that they share a similar story of early beginnings... Sydney was born in Romania and was adopted when she was about a year old. When Rosie learned that her hero Sydney was also adopted from overseas, she was thrilled...."we were exactly the same when we were babies!"
 I am amazed by Sydney for many reasons...she has taken on a personal responsibility to be a positive change in the world at the tender age of 15.  She believes that its important for her to be helpful and kind to kids who are busy fighting for their lives and has come up with a creative idea and plan of how to help.

Sydney visiting Avi at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, 
bringing him a homemade fleece blanket and care package

Right now she is bringing happiness and joy to kids who are fighting cancer, but she says that in the future she want to do more.
So she has mapped out a year by year plan on how she will realize her dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist.
Yes... she is a truly remarkable young woman.
Her project is called Gold Ribbon Blankets, named for the awareness ribbon for pediatric cancer...if you are interested in helping this fantastic kid help other kids by spreading her kindness, check out her site

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