Kidz for Causes is the 2015 brainchild of four current 11th grade boys that wanted to make a difference in our community. Between 2015 and 2019, we focused on fundraising for TGen’s Center for Rare Childhood Disorders, financing expensive treatments for children with rare diseases.
Harry is a current 8th-grade boy in our community who developed a rare and irremediable lung disease called Obliterative Bronchiolitis a few years ago. This disease left him with just 27% lung capacity and with permanent scar tissue in his lungs. Despite these setbacks, Harry's joyous spirit keeps him smiling. However, there are currently no FDA-approved drug treatments for Harry's disease.
Harry is not alone. There are over 7,000 different rare diseases, affecting more than 30 million Americans. Harry's story along with these statistics is what inspired us, Michael Bendok, Xander Black, Matthew Linhart, and Samuel Steiner, to start our charity.
This year, we are raising money for extracurricular programs, such as Speech and Debate, at Title 1 schools. As the world becomes increasingly digitized, students must be equipped with public speaking skills. According to the Broward County Debate Initiative, widespread exposure to speech and debate raises GPA by 10%, literacy scores by 15%, and increases the likelihood of at-risk students graduating to 70%.