BUCKSPORT – After hearing about the struggles faced by children diagnosed with terminal illness. One middle school student decided she can do something special to make a difference.
“Every child deserves the hope, strength and joy that comes with a dream fulfilled,” said 7th grader, Rebekah Ireland.
Not everyone decides to be an entrepreneur. There’s businesses licenses and expenses to consider. For Ireland, non of that matters, especially when you’re looking to help kids in need.
“I like to help people and I absolutely love children,” she said, “And I hate to see them in the hospital – sad, sick and saying ‘I am going to die soon.'”
She is selling bracelets that she hand crafted herself to donate to The Make a Wish Foundation.
“That’s their main priority,” said Ireland, “To give the child their wish, possibly cure them. Before they might die… or die.”
What started as just an idea, turned into something more.
“My grandmother actually helped me and now I am helping people,” she said, “They might do the same thing. It’s like a chain effect.”
And when she raised more than what she expected.
“I was just smiling my face right off,” said Ireland, “I was in the living room. I was singing and so happy.”
She raised over $300 so that a child can have their dreams come true.
“This is the reason why they have the strength and courage – to take back their life from that terminal disease that they have been diagnosed,” she said.
This is hardly the last fund-raiser that she will do. She is planning to look at other ways of helping with her talents.
“Helping someone just so that they can say, I can get through this – power my way through this,” said Ireland, “I’m amazing (and) beautiful and can do whatever I want.”