A young life cut far too short had a big impact on a local teenager, and now a young woman is working to spread the word about leukemia.
Sara Runser was so touched by the tragically shortened life of baby girl that she reached out to her peers for help raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Sara Runser, Good Kid award winner,: "So I came up with an idea for shirts. People like to buy shirts, and when they wear them, it spreads more awareness for leukemia."
And with offices right here in Erie, she knows there's a true local impact.
Sara: "I get to raise all this money and keep it in our area for kids that are locally known."
The story behind Sara's efforts really does tug at your heart strings.
Janelle Hope Matson is the one-year-old girl who provided the inspiration for Sara's project - Hugs for Janelle.
Sara: "She had her first birthday, a few days later was diagnosed with leukemia, and then we lost her this December; so that was really hard on us."
Karrie Piotrowski, Sara's mom, said: "We did not expect it. It was very sudden and very sad."
Despite the hardship, the experience has been uplifting for Sara, her family, and even Janelle's family.
Sara's mom just thinks the world of her little girls actions.
Karrie Piotrowski: "Obviously my tears so proud she is amazing, and I couldn't ask for a better kid with a bigger heart."
If you'd like to help spread the word about leukemia, shirts are still available.
Just visit the Hugs for Janelle Facebook page, Or call Karrie at 824-4645.
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If we feature your good kid, he or she will receive 50 dollars from the law offices of Edgar Snyder and Associates and Jet-24.