Girl, 9, raises money for Levine Children's Hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's a team of youngsters wise beyond their years helping impact the world; they're part of the Carolinas Healthcare System Young Ambassadors Program. 

Tuesday, they have their annual celebration highlighting their hard work.

"I just really wanted to help children who needed their spirits lifted," said Kaitlyn Farrell, a youth ambassador.

Kaitlyn Farrell is just 9-years-old. She has a great sense of humor and had a busy summer.

"I went to Carowinds a lot. Went to dance and basketball camp," said Farrell.

However, it's what she did during her spare time that brought NBC Charlotte to Kaitlyn's kitchen.

"I had a fundraiser called 'Kids4Cure,'" said Farrell. "In the morning I sold orange juice and muffins. In the afternoon I sold lemonade."

She raised hundreds of dollars. It was part of the Carolinas HealthCare System's young ambassadors program.

"It'll benefit Levine Children's Hospital or it'll benefit Levine Cancer Institute, our ALS program at our neuroscience institute, Carolinas Rehabilitation, so a wide variety of things," said Kathleen Stevens with Carolinas HealthCare System.

A bit heavy for elementary school kids, but those are things Kaitlyn and her team talked about this summer.   

"We just spit out topics," said Farrell.

To no avail, those topics hit close to home.

"Well, the kid, John Hunt, who worked together with me, he did have a friend that worked at Levine Children's Hospital," said Farrell. "I didn't know him personally, but that just kind of made me sad."

Kaitlyn and company used that feeling of sadness to spark the idea of “Kids4Cure.”

"I was like 'let's do this thing,'" said Farrell.

Kids helping kids is a powerful thing that Kaitlyn hopes will stick and be contagious for years to come.

"It's not only me that wants to make people smile, but when other people see other kids smile it makes them smile too, and then it just makes everyone smile for the rest of the day," said Farrell.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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