The 2016 Duckprints Awardees are:
Gina Robinette— A nurse with Dayton Children's Hospitalwho provides invaluable patient support in the hematology and oncology department. Kayleigh Crabtree— A 14-year-old philanthropist who has raised money and awareness for childhood cancer before ever knowing she would face the same cancer battle as the people she has helped over the years.
- Moms 4 Miracles — A group of women who support
Dayton Children's Hospitaland its pediatric cancer patients, who are the real heroes according to Moms 4 Miracles.
Less than 5 percent of federal funding for cancer research goes to pediatric cancer, according to the
As part of the grassroots Duckprints campaign that began in 2013,
About Duckprints Award Recipient
In fact, that's why Robinette transitioned to working in hematology and oncology. Battling cancer is a long fight and patients become a part of a family at Dayton Children's. Despite the arduous journey, tackling it together, one step at a time, lightens some of the load. Robinette enjoys developing that relationship with patients and their families while doing what she can to help.
She knows that there will be bad days, but she also knows that she can always help families cope with whatever comes their way. She places an emphasis on improving the quality of life for both a patient and his or her family. In doing so, Gina is able to show them that shining light at the end of the tunnel.
The moments she will never forget actually come long after the children she cares for have beaten cancer, grown up and moved on with their lives. These past patients, who Robinette saw at their worst, come back with their own children to visit her. She gets to see the future that she helped create by caring for each child as if they were her own. No matter what a child must endure today, Robinette knows that a brighter future is possible, and she will never stop reminding each child, and each family, that a new day is ahead.
About Aflac Duckprints Award Recipient Kayleigh Crabtree
Lemons and pineapples: Two tropical fruits that will always remind
The word cancer first entered Kayleigh's vocabulary when she was just 6 years old and learned about Alex's Lemonade Stand, an organization which raises money for childhood cancer research. She started hosting her own lemonade stands and in two seasons raised more than
Never did Kayleigh think that after those two successful summers she would be on the other side of the stand. At age 8, Kayleigh was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The most common type of childhood leukemia, it affects the body's white blood cells. There is an 85 percent national survival rate for ALL and a 90 percent survival rate at Dayton Children's.
Despite the optimistic prognosis, the battle would be long and hard for the
Today, at age 14, Kayleigh is just as passionate about raising money for cancer causes, including Dayton Children's, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, CureSearch,
And at the end of the day, Kayleigh knows that the roots of awareness and support that she plants will bear fruit for generations of cancer care to come.
About Aflac Duckprints Award Recipient Moms 4 Miracles
Blessings drive a group of
So, when founder
She, in turn, called on her friends – an incredible group of mothers – to help her raise money. They went above and beyond, raising
The next year, Taylor created the Moms 4
All this work is for their "heroes" – that's what they call the children they support who are battling cancer. With the proceeds, the Moms help pay off medical bills, make wishes come true, fund research or support hospital initiatives.
All this fundraising takes a lot of time, hard work and perseverance, but Moms 4 Miracles says it's actually become another blessing. They get to see the indomitable spirit of youth conquer illness. They get to be a part of healing and hope. And in the end, they get to help make miracles.
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