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Young achiever: Brendan Allison

| Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, 9:01 p.m.
Brendan Allison, 8, Moon Area SD, raised money for Children’s Hospital
Brendan Allison, 8, Moon Area SD, raised money for Children’s Hospital

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.

Age: 8

School: Second grade, Bon Meade Elementary School, Moon Area School District

Residence: Moon

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.”

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