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State Honoree

Haydn Bryant

Arkansas

Haydn Bryant, 13, of Morrilton, Ark., a seventh-grader at Morrilton Junior High School, raised more than $5,000 for cancer research, education and patient care by organizing and leading an all-youth team for the annual Conway County Relay for Life. Haydn wanted to get involved after seeing both of his grandmothers battle cancer. "Because of this, I thought I should do something about ways to prevent this disease which takes so many lives each day and every year," Haydn said. With help from his mother and younger brother, Haydn recruited friends to form a team called "Kids Crushing Cancer." The team organized three skating parties and a letter-writing campaign to solicit donations, and then walked from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the day of the Relay for Life event. "Someone from our team was on the track all night long," Haydn said. The result: $5,250 for the American Cancer Society. Haydn plans to lead a team again at next year's fund-raiser. "I would encourage other young people to get involved with Relay for Life or any other cancer awareness program so they can feel good about helping millions of people across the world."