Q&A with Clearity’s Youngest Supporter, Ally!

January 7, 2019 10:30 am

The following article is provided by The Clearity Foundation to support women with ovarian cancer and their families. Learn more about The Clearity Foundation and the services we provide directly to women as they make treatment decisions and navigate emotional impacts of their diagnosis.

Ally and her Grandma

Meet Ally, Clearity’s youngest supporter!

Hi, my name is Ally W.! I am 12 years old and I live in California. I’m in 7th grade and I am on the cheerleading team for my middle school. I enjoy baking, cheer, and spending time with friends and family, along with fundraising. I have a chocolate lab named Ryder and two brothers with the addition of my mom and dad. Helping people is also one of my favorite things to do!

Why is fundraising and raising awareness about ovarian cancer important to you?

Fundraising for ovarian cancer is super important to me because my beautiful grandmother fought ovarian cancer for almost eight years until it spread to her brain. I learned there is a less than a 1% chance of that happening. My grandma passed away on April 22, 2018, which is now called “Angel Day” in our family. My grandma was so inspiring and I wanted to make her proud. I didn’t want anyone else to go through what she did, so I decided to start doing fundraisers.

What type of fundraising have you done? 

When I first got into fundraising I called local restaurants for donations. I held two “dine and donates” where I sat outside the restaurants and asked lots of people for donations. I also started a Go Fund Me and I sell t-shirts.

Why did you choose The Clearity Foundation as the charity you fundraise for?

I chose The Clearity Foundation for my charity because of my grandma. When I held my first fundraiser, before she died, I needed somewhere to donate the money. My grandma decided to research companies and came across Clearity. She loved the company the more and more she learned about it. So I followed her wishes and donated to The Clearity Foundation.

What advice do you have for other kids who want to hold a fundraiser at home or at school? How can they get started?

My main advice is to persevere. Fundraising takes time, effort, and patience. To get started, call local restaurants and ask for donations. Set up ‘Dine and Donates’ or ask your principal to hold a fundraiser at your school. Start a Go Fund Me and send the link to your friends and family. Sell things like t-shirts, baked goods, etc.

How can people get involved and help with your fundraising?

I opened an Etsy shop for the t-shirts I am selling, and if you purchase one, a donation will go to The Clearity Foundation. If you would like to find them you can go to www.etsy.com and search AWOCA, which is my shop name, or you can click here!

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