Tuesday, April 5, 2016
MWOY Girl of the Year: Sadie Keller
The 2016 North Texas Man & Woman of the Year (MWOY) campaign will kickoff in 7 days. As the candidates gear up for the ten-week fundraising competition, the focus turns to the North Texas Girl of the Year. Sadie Keller will serve as inspiration for the nine candidates raising money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) during the campaign.
Being an inspiration for others is not new to 8-year-old Sadie. She is currently in treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and is using her cancer experience to help other children undergoing a similar treatment regimen. It started when she took an iPad into a closet at home and started recording herself giving advice to other children going through treatment. Hair loss, coping with chemotherapy, ports, understanding the next steps, what it is like to have cancer as a kid - she covers it all from her perspective and posts them on YouTube. Sadie's family didn't realize what she was doing until she asked for help posting them online. Her videos have hit a chord with viewers, many have been watched several thousand times.
While Sadie is in the maintenance phase of her treatment and out of the hospital, she hasn't lost track of what it felt like to be stuck inside and away from friends and family. Last December she put together "Sadie's Sleigh" and collected more than 1,300 toys to donate to children who spent the holidays in the hospital. Her success caught the attention of the Today Show as they chronicled the successes of this young North Texas girl with a heart of gold.
The North Texas Chapter is honored to have Sadie serve as the Girl of the Year and know that she will inspire the 2016 MWOY candidates to do great things.
The MWOY kickoff is scheduled for Thursday, April 12th at Sambuca in Uptown Dallas. Visit mwoy.org/ntx to learn more about the campaign and its candidates.