Shoshana and Shayna Kleinman with their donated hair
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from… the Zimmer! 4 1/2 year old twins Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman are Zimmer regulars. They always had long flowing hair, until recently, when Zimmer staff noticed their beautiful short haircuts. The girls’ grandma explained that Shayna and Shoshana had donated their hair to an organization called Zichron Menachem, The Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer and their Families.
“You are so lucky to have such beautiful hair. Some children get very sick and lose their hair. You have an opportunity to share with them and help them.”
They looked into many different organizations, but they picked Zichron Menachem because of its connection to their Jewish heritage and its focus on donating the hair to children. The girls then decided that even though the minimum hair length to donate is 12″, they wanted to “grow as long as possible so we can give as much as we can.” They each eventually donated 16″ of hair to the organization! We are so proud of our Zimmer members Shayna and Shoshana Kleinman for reminding us that giving doesn’t have to cost a lot (or anything). We are so happy to highlight them as a RAK. Do you know a Zimmer visitor who has done a random act of kid-ness? Let us know!
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Shelbyville, IN, where 3 year old Jameson Kessler is donating bone marrow to his younger sister Samantha, who suffers from a rare blood disorder called thalassemia. The disorder destroys red blood cells, and the main cure is a bone marrow transplant from a perfect match. Jameson said:
“I’m going to make her feel better and then I’m going to save her when she’s in trouble.”
To raise money for the bone marrow transplant costs, the kids’ mom Kyrie set up a GoFundMe page, with an anonymous donor pledging to match every dollar donation up to $500.
Jameson likes to call himself “Marrow Man.” He truly is a super-man!
You can read more about this inspiring story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Carlsbad, CA where a group of 4th graders decided to shave their heads to show support for their friend who has cancer. 10 year old Travis Selinka was recently treated for brain cancer and was embarrassed to come to school without hair, and he always wore a hat. So 15 of his friends made a trip to the barber shop together to shave their heads to match Travis. Travis said:
“I was astonished that they did this for me. It was amazing just knowing that I have all my friends there.”
Now Travis no longer wears a hat to school and is so thankful for his supportive friends. We are too!
You can read more about this story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Dallas, TX, where 18 year old Jessica Gallegos saved the lives of six of her friends in a house fire over the weekend. She and her friends were asleep in a farmhouse, when Jessica woke up to the smell of smoke and noticed the fire that had already engulfed the home’s front porch. She quickly ran around the house to let her friends know so they could get out safely. Jessica’s friend Cheyenne said:
“She saved all of our lives. If she wasn’t there, then we wouldn’t be here today. I’m just really happy she was there.”
Cheyenne suffered 2nd degree burns, but everyone else made it out with no injuries, just in time to graduate high school next week. Way to go, Jessica! Read more here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from a teen who showed the world the importance of embracing happiness, even in the wake of darkness. 18 year old Zach Sobiech passed away early this week after a 4 year battle with osteosarcoma. But before he passed away, Zach decided to write a song as a goodbye to his friends and family, which touched the lives of millions of people when it went viral on YouTube. Zach inspired and continues to inspire children and adults to always maintain a positive outlook. His girlfriend Amy said:
“He’s shown me it’s not all about the grades you get, or how cool you are in high school. It’s about doing what makes you happy and no matter when you’re going go to, live life to the fullest every day.”
You can watch an emotional documentary on Zach’s journey here. His family started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to support research into Zach’s rare form of cancer, so click the link to find out how you can lend your support. We are sending love to Zach’s family and friends. We are inspired by his message and think he epitomizes a Random Act of Kid-ness.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Cincinnati, OH, where a group of kids from Piner Elementary School started a program to raise money for children with cancer. Since many of the kids know people who have cancer or who have lost their lives to cancer, they wanted to help out. They started with a program called Change Wars, where the students brought in change to raise money, and then they started selling hair bows. That fundraiser earned over $300 for children living with cancer.
There’s a Monkey in My Chair is a program that the students developed. Stuffed monkeys sit in their classrooms to represent kids who are in the hospital. “It reminds you that friend with cancer needs support, in school or outside it. ‘Having the monkey there, the kids can interact with the monkey, they can write letters to the monkey, and take pictures of the monkey doing silly stuff, in the room or where the children normally would be in. It makes the children think they are still there and that they care about them.'”
Some of the students at Piner Elementary have said:
“I feel really proud. I love helping people and I couldn’t find a way to until Koryn did, and that’s why I really wanted to do it.”
“I think if they pictured themselves and they wouldn’t want someone to not help them.”
“I feel proud that we helped them.” The teachers and staff here do too.
What a thoughtful program! We love this idea. To read more about There’s a Monkey in My Chair, click here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Philadelphia, PA where first grader Ella Wilson brings food and blankets to the homeless people in her city every Thursday on her way to chemotherapy. Ella is getting treatment for neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on the nerves. But to take her mind off her year-long treatment, she has decided to focus on making other people happy.
You can watch an inspiring video about Ella’s story and learn how you can help her raise money for neurofibromatosis research on her Facebook page here.
As always, we ask for your suggestions for our next RAK. Do you know someone who is doing random acts of kindness? Let us know!
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Louisville, KY where 8 year old Aiden Johnson and his family are in charge of their local chapter of Legos for Leukemia. The organization was started in 2009 by Christian Flanders in Denver, CO to honor the memory of his father, and “as a way to give kids fighting cancer and other life threatening diseases a fun and creative way to deal with not so fun days that include chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants.” Legos take chemotherapy off the minds of children with Leukemia, like Aiden, who calls himself a Lego Master. Aiden’s mom says:
“It has taken his mind off the fact that he has cancer. It really has made a difference in the way treatments go. The long days and the long nights, we come in and we’re prepared. We have Legos and we’re ready to be here for a week.”
Because Aiden loves Legos so much and wants other children with cancer to experience the same joy he does, he and his family decided to head the Legos for Leukemia chapter at Kosair Children’s Hospital. People can donate new unopened Lego sets at drop off locations all over the area. So far, Aiden’s family has collected 50 Lego sets, but they still need many more.
“The hospital also has a bulletin board for Aiden. This month, it’s about Random Acts of Kindness. Aiden is just hoping to bring more kindness to children with cancer, one Lego at a time.”
We think this is such a great cause and are inspired by Aiden’s kindness. To read more about this story and to find out how to donate Legos, click here.
This week’s Halloween-themed Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from San Bruno, CA, where 6 year old Nico Castro bought costumes and candy for his fellow hospital patients so that they could celebrate Halloween. Nico is battling brain cancer, but his doctor told him he could go out trick or treating on Halloween. Nico’s mom said:
“Even though he’s worse off then some of these other kids in the hospital, he’s worried about them and, oh, they can’t go trick or treating and oh they can’t get candy.”
Nico’s family even started a costume drive in their community, and they have received over 60 donated costumes for the children in the hospital.
We think this is an incredible act of kid-ness and are inspired by Nico’s desire to bring joy to his friends during his favorite holiday.
Read more and watch a very moving video about the story here.
This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Maryland, where 19 year old cancer survivor Nicholas Ruth plans to donate much of his $250,000 Mega Millions winnings to organizations that helped him when he was sick. Among the list of organizations Nicholas plans to give back to are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Believe in Tomorrow, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He said:
“People keep saying I deserve it and what I went through, but there’s people far off worse than what I went through that can use the money more than me and I’m just glad I can help them out.”
We think this is an incredible act of kindness. Read more here.
As always, we welcome your submissions to Random Acts of Kid-ness. Please comment here if you have an idea!