High School freshman Grace Callwood, founder of Harford County’s The We Cancerve Movement, is making the world a littler brighter for sick, homeless, and foster children. The world is definitely noticing her unstoppable #GirlPower… Grace is a recipient of the 2019 World of Children Youth Award. In addition to being celebrated at the World of Children’s Annual Award Ceremony next month in New York City, Grace will receive a $50,000 cash grant to support We Cancerve’s programs.
World of Children is a global recognition and funding organization for individuals exclusively serving the needs of vulnerable children. The Youth Award recognizes individuals 21 years old or younger who have founded or co-founded their own nonprofit organization to advocate for important causes, create innovative models of service and inspire their peers and community to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.
Another (cool) fact? For the first time in the organization’s 22-year history, top honors in all five award categories will be awarded to female humanitarian leaders.
We’ve shared several of We Cancerve’s projects and featured several of their Board Members (they’re all inspiring youth!) in our Back to School Guide last year. Grace founded the organization in 2012, the same year she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. At the time, she was 7 years old.
We Cancerve has brought happiness to more than 14,000 children through programs like Camp Happy (a camp for homeless youth in Harford County), La Magnifique Boutique (which provides a unique, free shopping experience for teen girls living at a Harford County area foster care group home), and Threads of Hope (an initiative to ensure all children living at the Harford Family House have new back-to-school outfits). They have donated more than $65,000 in cash grants and in-kind donations to nine hospitals, 10 homeless shelters, local food banks, three foster care group homes, and three orphanages in Africa.
Congratulations, Grace! We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Photo by Wendy Hickok, Wendy Hickok Photography