Young achiever: Brendan Allison
Noteworthy: Instead of gifts for his eighth birthday party, Brendan asked friends and family to give to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation. Donations topped $2,000, and he awarded them to the hospital last month during its annual telethon fundraiser. Brendan's birthday was Nov. 21.
School: Second grade, Bon Meade Elementary School, Moon Area School District
Family: Parents, Paul and Jodi Allison
Hobbies/Interests: Martial arts, soccer, Legos and video games.
Background: Brendan came up with the idea when he was at the Lawrenceville hospital for a blood test. After seeing all the kids at the hospital “out of the blue he said, ‘Maybe I could give them my birthday presents to make them feel better,'” said Paul Allison. The Allisons set up a website to accept monetary donations instead, and included the address on his party invitations.
Quote: “I was at Children's for all those blood tests and every time I got there, there were more sick people. I wanted to donate and help all those kids at Children's Hospital. My family was surprised I wanted to donate instead of getting presents, but they thought it was a good idea. I might do it again.”