You may remember meeting 15-year-old Kinley Elrod through our annual Norton Children’s Hospital Radiothon. She’s the kind of kid that makes a big impression.
Three days after she was brought home from the hospital a lifetime of health issues began. She was born without a pituitary gland and is adrenal insufficient. It took months for specialists to figure this out, and it mean that her body doesn’t produce hormones or balance sugar on its own. So even a common cold could be potentially fatal. She’s gone septic from an ear infection.
But despite all that, she decided she wants to be an inspiration to spread compassion. She founded a charity called Kinley’s Helping Hands and has been doing big things. She raised more than $60,000 for Norton Children’s Hospital in the last five years, donated mountains of toys through Kinley’s Helping Hands and remodeled a playroom at the hospital named in her honor. Kinley’s latest project, the “Putting Thanks Back in Thanksgiving” food drive, will collect perishable and monetary donations over the next month to put together dinner boxes for needy families in Harrison County.
To help Kinley with her food drive or nominate a Harrison County family for a Thanksgiving box, CLICK HERE or email the organization directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And she’s busting out some tunes to get on The Ellen Show!