Grace E. G. Callwood, age 15, is the founder and chairwoman of the board of advisors for the We Cancerve Movement, a foundation that creates giving opportunities that can be supported by the community, especially youth in the community, to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster children. The We Cancerve Movement’s operational posture is based on the belief that love is active, strong, urgent, practical and possible, and that solutions are swift because happiness shouldn’t have to wait.
We Cancerve Movement was founded in 2012 by Callwood when she, at age seven, was diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Callwood completed chemotherapy in April 2014 and remains cancer free.
She is a 9th grade student enrolled in the Harford County Public Schools, where she excels in math and reading, and enjoys playing trumpet and French horn in her high school marching band. Grace also dances with her church’s liturgical dance ministry and volunteers annually at the Hope for the Homeless Alliance’s Hotcakes for the Homeless fundraiser.
At an early age, Grace expressed an interest in helping others. At age 2, she asked her family to donate a red wagon to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s pediatric unit, after a brief hospitalization. There, she enjoyed riding the wagon throughout the halls of the hospital and wanted to make sure the hospital had two wagons to prevent other children from waiting for a turn at fun while hospitalized.
In 2007, at age 3, she asked party guests to join in giving toys and games – instead of presents for herself – to pediatric patients at that same hospital. In 2008, at age 4, she joined her family in Louisiana in the spring and donated non-perishable food items to a Hurricane Katrina relief organization. Later that year, for her 4th birthday, she requested non-perishable food items as presents when she learned from a local news station that the Maryland Food Bank’s supplies were running low. Grace donated several boxes of food to the food bank.
She started We Cancerve after realizing that even though she was fighting cancer, she could make a difference in the lives of children who were also in sad situations.
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