13 yr old Raises over $10,000
Since the Major League Baseball season just got started, I thought I would fill you all in on a 13 year old boy in Altoona, Pennsylvania who is making a difference at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital.
Two years ago Elliott Mast started partnering with the Hospital Foundation team to raise awareness and donations for their Child Life Program. So far he has raised over $10,000! Elliott has made YouTube videos and has posted on Facebook and Twitter and even has a blog post to share his message about hope for kids at this hospital. He wants to show how it is important to work hard and make a difference on and off the field.
The Child Life Program helps make sure that a kids’ experience at the hospital is fun and not so scary. They provide video games, toys and games and have a playroom on every floor. Plus there are events like celebrity visits, music and performance shows and even tailgates to provide distractions for kids who are patients there. Elliott says that these playrooms are “medical-free zones so no medicine, no doctors, no reports, nothing scary-it’s all play, all the time.”
This season he is working on getting sponsors and donors to raise money and to donate for every homerun and base hit he gets and every strike out he throws during his baseball season. He even has the support of some professional athletes like football star Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm and the local minor league team, the Altoona Curve!
Elliott plays for two traveling baseball teams so he is sure to get the word out and the donations in! He even has a slogan for his work — “For the Kids”!!
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