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News Tuesday, November 24, 2015

North Carolina teen makes positive impact on patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston

It’s tough to be a kid in the hospital or to have a condition that prevents you from doing the activities you love. Sixteen-year-old Leanne Joyce knows that first-hand.  Leanne, who lives in North Carolina, has a cardiac condition that prevents her from competing in sports, including competitive jump roping, swimming and gymnastics. Someday, Leanne will likely need a valve transplant. Having spent many hours in a hospital room for various treatments, Leanne knows days can be long and kids can miss their friends, their hobbies and their homes.

Unable to participate in the sports she loves, in 2011, Leanne redirected her time and energy into a new project. She founded Positive Impact for Kids, a nonprofit organization aimed at raising funds that can be used to improve the hospital experience for pediatric patients. Having already raised more than $47,000, Leanne is well on her way to meeting her goal of raising $100,000 before her high school graduation in 2018. With the money raised, Positive Impact for Kids has made donations to more than 70 hospitals in every state.

This week, Leanne and her parents stopped by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston to make an incredible donation of tablets, iPods, games and other electronics for patients to use during their time in the hospital. The funds to purchase the items were raised at a recent tennis event in nearby Scituate.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston is such a child- and family-friendly facility,” said Leanne Joyce, founder and president of Positive Impact for Kids. “I am very impressed that Shriners does not turn anyone away due to an inability to pay. I was excited to learn about the research they are conducting to improve pediatric medical care.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston will use the gifts to carry out Leanne’s mission of improving the hospital stay experience for our patients. Her vision and compassion for helping kids is inspiring and we’re so thankful she and Positive Impact for Kids found the Boston Shriners Hospital.