Caroling to End Cancer
Fifteen-year-old Kate Diaz wrote the song Christmas Smiles for a chorus assignment, but quickly turned it into a way to raise money for a national children’s cancer charity.
“I wrote Christmas Smiles when I was 12,” says Kate, “and have run a Christmastime children's cancer charity event with it every year since. This is the fourth year that I've run this fundraiser, which started as my leadership service project for a soccer/leadership summer camp that I attended for four summers. We've raised almost $2,000 so far. I chose a cancer charity because of my grandparents' fights with it, and because I knew of some kids nearby with it and thought it was even worse for kids to get it. I thought it was the worst most unfair thing to have as a kid before you live your life."
We’re proud of Kate and love her song Christmas Smiles! It’s what the holiday season (and HooplaHa!) is all about.
Kate's fundraisers will be at Potbelly in Wheeling, Illinois on Saturdays between Thanksgiving and Christmas again this year. Saturdays 12-2pm 12/15, 12/22. So if you live nearby, go see Kate perform Christmas Smiles and other songs and help out a good cause while you're at it!
CureSearch for Children's Cancer is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to fund and support children's cancer research and provide information and resources to all those affected by children's cancer.