Children raise over 80k for hospital

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina’s Healthcare System held their annual Young Ambassadors awards ceremony Tuesday, honoring more than 20 kids, who together have raised more than $80 thousand dollars for the hospital.

Each child fundraised in their own unique way by holding events at schools, bake sales, or 5k races. Three-year-old Everett Byers held a lemonade stand in her neighborhood, raising over $19 dollars -- proving you’re never too young to help others and that no amount is ever too little.

One hundred percent of monies raised will be donated to the healthcare system and used at different facilities and for different services.

Two generous friends each donated birthday gifts they received to kids in the hospital.

“You know a lot of it was just promoting to give back. I think we were just talking at home about what should we do with these and we decide to give them back,” said Alfred Dawson, whose son donated his birthday gifts.

Former Carolina’s Panther Mike Rucker, who helped to start the program, acts as the team’s captain and was there Tuesday as each of the children were thanked for their hard work.

“When you hear the stories and what they’re doing, its inspiring. It gives you energy, it gives you hope to see them doing it,” said Rucker.

The program is always looking for other Young Ambassadors. To learn more, email

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