GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A 10-year-old girl turned her experience recovering from a hip injury into a fundraising idea that benefited Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
An accident left Mattea Antrup in a hip cast for 20 weeks. During the 4-H Club member's stay at the hospital, she roomed with several children who were less fortunate. Among them were burn victims and cancer patients whose parents could not afford to be with them around the clock.
Her mother, Dawnell Antrup, says it opened her daughter's eyes to their plight.
The Lakewood Elementary School fifth-grader decided she could do something about it. She named one of her pigs Helen DeVos, sold it at this year's 4-H fair and gave the $6,600 proceeds to the hospital to help parents of hospitalized children.