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Photo of State Honoree Kadynce Mullins

Kadynce Mullins

Nebraska City, Nebraska

Kadynce Mullins, 10, of Nebraska City, Neb., a member of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and a fifth-grader at Hayward Elementary School, raised $1,500 for Omaha Children’s Hospital by converting her Radio Flyer wagon into a lollipop stand, and contributed thousands of volunteer hours to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Kadynce suffered a seizure when she was 5, and while recovering in the hospital, was struck by the stories of other young patients. “I wanted to help them,” she said, “because they must have been afraid like me, and I wanted them to feel loved, brave and be healed.”

Having seen a CMN donation container at a local supermarket, Kadynce asked her mother if she could sell lollipops to collect donations. Soon after, she transformed her wagon into a limousine-shaped mobile lollipop stand, made promotional posters, purchased supplies, and began selling her candy. Kadynce also started volunteering in many other ways to aid sick children. She has shopped, cooked and collected goods for families staying at the Carolyn Scott Rainbow House; hosted a food drive and a “Queen for a Day” event in her city; participated in CMN fundraisers; and recruited classmates to help make more than 200 “Get Well” tray liners.