Outstanding Student Citizen Award!

Tracy’s Kids participant Kailee Vance popped into the clinic at Georgetown today with some great news. At her fifth-grade graduation ceremony, she received the Ashburn, VA Ruritan Club’s Outstanding Student Citizen Award.

One fifth grader from each elementary school is selected through a blind review process. Kailee submitted a resume listing her community service activities, chief among them her ongoing support of Tracy’s Kids.

Kailee’s Run was established in her honor in 2007 and Tracy’s Kids has been the primary beneficiary every year. Kailee has also collected art supplies and toys for the kids at the clinic for many years–even when she was still receiving treatment. The really amazing thing about Kailee’s application is that she did not even mention that she had been a cancer patient–she just talked about her efforts to improve the lives of kids with cancer–and the application was reviewed anonymously, so the judges didn’t know who Kailee was. Her mom said there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the award was announced at Newton-Lee Elementary School, where everyone knows her very well!

Congratulations, Kailee, and thanks to the Ashburn Ruritan Club for the check made out to Tracy’s Kids in honor of Kailee Vance!

Ashburn Ruritan Club Outstanding Student Citizen 2013

Kailee Vance-Ashburn Ruritan Club Outstanding Student Citizen 2013

what motivated Kailee to care so very much

Kailee’s Run–Thank-you Kailee!

 Every Spring since 2008, the Ashburn, VA community has come together to honor Kailee Vance, a young cancer patient who has inspired a whole community. Kailee’s Run, which is held in the neighborhood around Newton-Lee Elementary School, combines a 5K Fun Run and a 2-mile walk.

 As the Kailee’s Run website says: “The race will be held in Kailee’s honor, with all race proceeds going to Tracy’s Kids (www.tracyskids.org), an organization that helped Kailee through her tough times at Georgetown Hospital.”

 Kailee continues to be a creative and prolific artist—and she even runs the race herself now that she has finished treatment! She is back at school and doing great, but the other day when she came to the clinic for a checkup she handed me a check to Tracy’s Kids for $5,000 from the 2012 run.

 Thank-you, Kailee—and thank-you to all her friends and family who come together to support the work of Tracy’s Kids.