Seven-year-old helps bring joy to children facing Cancer


By Catholic Review Staff

October is Respect Life Month, and lessons about the value of life can be found throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

In Gambrills, a 7-year-old second-grader at School of the Incarnation is touching hearts and lives with a personal crusade she has taken on.

Alyssa Klebasko, who has been battling leukemia, is collecting child-friendly character Band-Aids for the Band-Aid book at the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Center.

In a recent video promoting her project, Alyssa explained, “When I go to Hopkins for my treatments, it’s never fun, but the one bright spot is the special Band-Aid I get to pick from the Band-Aid Book after my treatment.”

After noticing the book is often low on Band-Aids, Alyssa decided to collect Band-Aids at her school to fill the book.

For two days in September, which is National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, School of the Incarnation students participated in dress-down days, with each child contributing a box of Band-Aids. The school has collected Band-Aids featuring Disney princesses, Muppets, Mickey Mouse, race cars, Winnie-the-Pooh and more. Students wore gold (the color designated for Pediatric Cancer Awareness) or orange (the color for Leukemia awareness).

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