Fourteen-year-old Bailey Edmiston survived a non-cancerous blastoma when she was four years old. Her life has been colored by her history as a toddler with a brain tumor. But she has a heart for service that goes beyond the norm for a teenager.
Everyone at BTFC knew Bailey’s name because, for many years, she was the face of Team Bailey for the annual William’s Walk & Run. She not only participated in the event as a walker/runner, but she also solicited donations from family and friends to help raise money in support of the cause.
Knowing personally how hard it can be for children to suffer through so much treatment, last fall Bailey approached BTFC’s Patient & Family Services Coordinator, Sherry Samuels, with her desire to do more. She wanted to find a way to bring cheer to other survivors. After some thought and planning, Bailey began what she now terms the “butterfly card campaign.” Each month Bailey gets a list of names of survivors who are having a birthday (approximately 30) and, with great joy, puts her creative energy to work making birthday cards.
In addition to her selfless support of BTFC, Bailey is also involved in the Beta Club, a service organization at her school. Going above and beyond stated requirements, Bailey performed more than 100 hours of community service. She was recognized by President Obama for her efforts.
BTFC also applauds Bailey for working hard on her academics and accomplishing two goals last year: getting off of her IEP and making the honor roll at Milton High School!!
Way to go Bailey!!!