Teen Uses Her Talents to Cheer Others

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!!!



About The Brain Tumor Foundation for Children

Founded in 1983, BTFC was the first nonprofit in the U.S. to focus on brain cancer in children. Our mission is to support patients and their families.
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3 Responses to Teen Uses Her Talents to Cheer Others

  1. Kelley Horner says:

    Way to go Bailey it seems like just yesterday when you were walking into walls and look at you now!!! You’ve come along way and that give a lot of hope for others who are going through the same thing. Keep up the good work and the grades! Love auntie Kelley

  2. Baby Sis, I love you so much and am so proud of your for you determination and passion. You are so much stronger than me or anyone I know. I pray that you never have that pain ever again I would do anything I could to make sure you didn’t. Please never forget that you are a beautiful girl with an amazing heart! Never quit being yourself and never lose that passion to help others that are less fortunate than you are.
    I love you So much!
    Your big Bro
    PS I cried when I read this, Ive told so many people about your story, next year I will try to get people together to make your team big!

  3. Aunt Katie and Uncle Casey says:

    “so shines a good deed in a weary world”

    Way to Go B! Great job, keep up the good work…we love you!

    Love Aunt Katie and Uncle Casey

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