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State Honoree

Brett Newton

New Jersey

Brett Newton, 13, of Long Valley Middle School in Long Valley, New Jersey, overcame a bout with cancer and, inspired by his experience, decided to help other children by performing in an educational video produced by Overlook Hospital. Brett, who had performed in community theatre before becoming ill, was quick to volunteer when the hospital approached him about the video. "The video will help families and kids with cancer; all they have to do is watch to learn," said Brett. He also performed in a benefit show that raised $700,000 for the Hole in the Wall Camp, which Brett attended with other children diagnosed with cancer. He practiced many hours and performed alongside celebrities like Julia Roberts, Carole King, and Paul Newman, whom Brett would like to emulate one day. If Brett’s acting talent makes him famous, he would like to continue making time to help those in need, just like Newman.