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Distinguished Finalist

Bailey Walter

North Tonawanda, New York

Bailey Walter, 17, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., a junior at North Tonawanda High School, has volunteered since fourth grade to raise awareness of spinal muscular atrophy and money for a cure, supporting the cause through efforts ranging from bracelet sales to public outreach to campaigning to “light the world purple.” Inspired by her best friend, who has the disease, Bailey now spends at least 25 hours a month contacting people to solicit donations and support.