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Young Entrepreneur Series – Kisses for Kaeden Foundation

November 3, 2011

Kennedy Kulish was 6 years old when Kisses for Kaeden Foundation was founded. Although only 6, Kennedy wanted to do something to help her baby brother, Kaeden, who had three open heart surgeries before his 1st birthday. She asked her mom and dad to have a special first birthday party for him, where everyone could bring donations instead of presents.

Kennedy also asked the stores in her community to help with food, drinks and the venue. She sent out handmade invitations for the event and managed to collect $2,000. All the money was donated to Penn State Children’s Hospital to help other children who needed treatment.

After the success of the event, Kennedy wanted to do more and decided to start a non profit organization called Kisses for Kaeden. Since then, she, along with her Kisses helpers aged 7 – 14, have had several fund raisers like lemonade stands, bake sales and Chinese auctions along with monthly teddy bear collections. She has collected more than $52,000 for American Heart Association, Children’s Miracle Network and Make a Wish Foundation. In October, 2007, Kennedy got to personally meet President Bush and she received the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award from him!

Kennedy is now entering her freshman year in high school and still runs her organization.

More than a decade ago, Kennedy started an effort to help those less fortunate. Although she didn’t know it at the time, she had begun a legacy – something impact-full that she would leave behind. What will you leave behind? Enter your idea in the Grow Your Own Business Challenge. Visit www.smckids.com/learnandearn to get started learning how to start a business.

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