Grandmother's cancer battle inspires teen to give back

- A young child's acts of kindness are motivating other students to get involved.  

"Serving others and giving back to my community is my real passions," Sally Campbell said.

Sally explained the virtues of community service to 8th graders at Centennial Middle School in Dade City.

"I think, so many times, that these kids just sit back and watch what's happening in the world," said Sally. "They need to realize that they can make twice the difference."

The 15-year-old is so passionate about making a difference, she started her own non-profit two years ago. She calls it Sallybrating With A Cause and a Little Bit of Paws, in honor of her grandmother.

"My organization focuses on giving back to the community through supporting and raising funds for cancer patients, cancer awareness, as well as inspiring youth to become involved in community service," Sally said.

She is now reaching back to offer support to kids who might want to follow in her footsteps.

"She's going to be my mentor and help me build what she is doing," said Aaliyah Fatzinger, a student at Centennial.

Sally has raised more than 25,000 for local charities.

"It makes me want to do good things for everyone else,"  A.J. Barrios said.

Her mom, Heather Campbell thinks the world of her daughter. 

"It's amazing that a kid can do as much as she has done," Campbell said.

Sally's motivation comes from a simple facial expression.

"Smiling is infectious and whenever you see someone smile its a signification that you made their day a little brighter a little happier," Sally said.

A brighter and happier day she hopes these students take part in; Sally is now gearing up for her Christmas in July campaign to raise money for St. Joseph's Children Hospital. 

Visit www.sallybratingwithacause.com to learn more.

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