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Distinguished Finalist

Elizabeth Weidner

Dieterich , Illinois

Elizabeth Weidner, 15, of Dieterich, Ill., a member of Effingham County 4-H and a freshman at Teutopolis High School, is fighting to focus public attention on the urgency of childhood cancer through a website, social media, speeches, lobbying efforts and the recognition she’s received as a top contender in several pageants. Elizabeth, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma three years ago, also raises money to promote cancer research, collects comfort items for pediatric patients and serves as an ambassador for several foundations serving sick children.