Teen honored for helping raise money for March of Dimes
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:13:26 GMT —
Chandler Herndon, a student at Clio School of Discovery, is the March of Dimes National Youth Volunteer of the Year and was presented with the award during the March of Dimes' fundraiser kickoff at his school Thursday.
Herndon was an Ambassador for the March of Dimes in 2005.
He's raised more than $40,000 for the organization's annual fundraiser, March For Babies.
"Everyday, I'm looking, asking people, telling them about it. You never know. One person turns into another and you never know what people are going to give to be honest," said Herndon.
Herndon suffers from cerebral palsy and says he doesn't let that stop him from helping sick babies.
"I was born premature. And I always wanted to give back to the community for what I think is right. I want kids to grow up with more opportunities and better life."
March of Dimes officials say they are overjoyed with his efforts to help the organization.
"I'm so amazed by him. He's such an inspiration . From the age of five all the way to 13 his fundraising efforts have always been more and more. We're so honored to have him on our side and the face of March of Dimes. He's a true inspiration," said Coleen Sweatt, March of Dimes
The Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program has awarded Herndon with a $1,000 scholarship toward higher learning for making a positive impact in his community through volunteerism.
Herndon says he hopes to raise more than $50,000 for March of Dimes before he turns 18 years old.