Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.
Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Madison Lewandowski is a 13-year old girl who started the charity, Kidz for
a Cure, when she was 8-years old. She wanted to inspire other young people to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research. To date, she has raised over $20,000. Madison is an avid dancer and gymnast having competed in the Nationals competition in Long Beach in the summer of 2012. She’s an avid artist and has won many art competition. She loves to write, has won many writing contests, one about her struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. As a result, she was a guest speaker at last year International OCD Foundation’s Annual Convention in San Diego. When she was seven, Madison started her own business, Maddie’s Monkey Business, which as morphed over the years and mainly focuses on her line of Wish Bracelets, which ties in with her charity. A portion of her sales in donated to Kidz for a Cure.
D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?
I hope that because of Kidz for a Cure, doctors will actually find the cure for cancer. I hope there will no longer be children sick because of cancer. Kidz for a Cure is an annual fundraising event that I created when I was eight years old to try and raise funds for pediatric cancer research. So far Kidz for a Cure has raised over $20,000 since its inception.
E is for Encourage. What encourages you?
Every year when I see the outcome of the event and how many people want to support us, I remember how important this is and why I do it every year.
R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?
This whole event is made for kids, started by a kid. Kids are supposed to be in charge of selling toys for kids with cancer. It’s all about kids helping kids.
R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?
I was eight and asked my father if I could sell some of my out-grown toys at the next yard sale. The next day my four-year old sister, Maya, asked to do the same. It was then that I realized that I might have the ability to inspire other children to do the same thing. As soon as we came up with the idea, I knew it could be done and I could do it. You will never know if you are ready for something until you give it a try.
I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?
My sister, Maya, is very inspiring. She made pictures when she was six and sold them for donations for the victims of the Haiti tsunami, raising over $650 for Direct Relief. Last year when she was eight, she hosted art show and raised over $1,400 for our local Humane Society. Being a lover of art and animals, this year at age nine, she started her own business, making toys called Wigglo Pets. They’ve become an international hit selling in New Zealand, Canada, Israel and Russia. A portion of her sales is donated to Kidz for a Cure. She also donated 25 Wigglos that she created for a local non-profit called the Unity Shoppe, that offers struggling families the opportunity to “shop” for toys and gifts during the holidays.
C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?
When things seem to get overwhelming, I remember all of the sick kids I will be helping and how many people are counting on me to have this event to help pediatric cancer.
K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?
When I came up with this idea, it was beyond imaginable, but because I believed I could do it, and just went for it, I could. Believe in yourself. Dream big. Don’t be afraid to try new things. And, when you fall, dust yourself off and keep going.
Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?
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