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State Honoree

Carl Langley


Carl Langley, 12, of Middle High School in Fort Fairfield, Maine, mobilized his town to support him in a campaign that raised $6,100 for Operation Lift Off, an organization which makes wishes come true for children with cancer. Two years ago, Carl received a wish from Operation Lift Off while he was recovering from his own bout with cancer. Since then, he has been motivated to help other sick children who have had a similar experience. "I want to help make wishes come true for other children," said Carl. Though he was hospitalized for two months during his fund­ raising campaign for complications from his illness, Carl convinced his friends, family and fellow citizens to knock on doors and host bake sales to support his goal. Carl, who nearly doubled his initial goal of $3,500, hopes that other young people will learn from his actions that it is better to give than to receive