Congratulations to Leanne for receiving a $500 grant from the Radio Disney award program. This grant is administered by Youth Service America and is awarded to teens that are working on a community issue and effecting positive change through their project. This grant money will be used to further Leanne’s work in a hospital that serves children and teens in a Radio Disney community. Leanne plans to purchase an iPad mini that will provide distraction, education and a means for children to keep in touch with their family and friends while hospitalized. The remainder of the funds will be used to purchase gift cards to be given to the hospitalized teens: after challenging procedures, on their birthday, or when they are identified as struggling by a staff member.
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My name is Leanne Joyce and I am 21-years-old. In September 2011, I was at Duke Children’s Hospital waiting for test results for my congenital heart problem. That experience led me to want to give back.