Hailey is a junior at Fortuna High School and the starting pitcher for the Fortuna High softball team in 2015 and 2016. She started K's for Kids Cancer to raise money and awareness for kids cancer through each strikeout in the 2015-16 softball season at Fortuna High. Supporters donated money per strikeout or as a flat donation. She wanted to start this fundraiser because she felt that so many kids struggle with cancer and there is not much funding for research or the children out there which is what motivates her to raise awareness and money through the success that she had in softball.
"I have always had a passion for helping others and I am so excited to start this fundraiser to help kids that are suffering. Thank you for visiting. This cause is very dear to me, and I'll appreciate all the support I can get! Together we can make a difference!"
Why were you inspired (or who inspired you) to get involved with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?
I was inspired to get involved with Cookies for Kid’s Cancer by Stacy Craig. I had the idea to begin K’s for Kids Cancer this winter when I was thinking of something to do with all the success I was having in the pitcher’s circle. She was the one who told me about Cookies for Kids and how this organization was the only one where 100% of the money they get goes to research!
Share your favorite memory or favorite thing from hosting an event.
My favorite memory was when we held a special softball game in honor of Kids Cancer, we invited 4 local young girls to the game who are battling cancer right now and presented them with jerseys and invited them into the dugout to cheer with us during the game. That game gave me a very humbling feeling and was very emotional for me. At that event we raised around $1,000 to add to about $4,000 that I had previously raised.
Why do you think it’s important to Be a Good Cookie?
I think it's important to be a good cookie because everyone needs to give back in some way that benefits other people than themselves. Being a good cookie means more than just donating money to the foundation, it is giving your time and effort to try and raise money and awareness for the cause. Being a good cookie is very important to me and I want to inspire more people to be a good cookie as well.
What would you tell other kids who are interested in hosting their own event?
I would tell others that are hosting an event to publicize as much as possible and reach out into the community to come support the fight against cancer.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your experience with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer?
My experience with Cookies for Kids Cancer has been a great one and the people that work with the organization have been an immense amount of help.
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