Nine-year-old Claire Lawhorn loves her mini labradoodle, Lucy-so much so that after Lucy joined the family last year, Claire started saving her own money to buy the family another dog. As an aspiring veterinarian/Olympic gymnast, Claire tackled her big plans with enthusiasm and saved $100.
Claire's money sense and determination kept her focused on saving until something her school music teacher said sparked an idea, and her plans took on new life.
"She came home one day and said her music teacher had talked about generosity and giving to charity to help other people," says Claire's mom, Kelly. "They talked about how if it makes your heart feel happy to give to other people, then you should do it when you can."
That's when Claire decided she wanted to use her money to help save people's lives. An easy decision "Her grandparents both work at Kettering Medical Center, and we drove by the hospital all the time as the cancer center was being built. She saw the building grow from the ground up," Kelly says. "One day, she told us that's where she wanted to give her money-to help the people who have cancer and need to be in the hospital."
For Claire, giving her $100 to the Kettering Medical Center Foundation was an easy decision, not just because it made her heart happy but, "because I don't want anyone to die," she says.
Claire's great-grandma and great-uncle both died from cancer, "and we have friends we pray for every day who are fighting cancer," Kelly says. "Claire knows what it means for someone to be in the hospital, and she knows how important it is to help them."
Claire understands that even a little help and generosity can make a big difference. "Helping people can make them feel better, and it can make them feel loved," she says. "And sometimes it can save their lives."