Volunteer Feature: Teen Miss Carrington Harris

We’re sending a big ‘Alyssa House Hug’ to volunteer Carrington Harris, the 2017 Dogwood Festival Teen Miss.

Throughout her reign as Teen Miss, Carrington provided Welcome Bags filled with toiletries, games, and goodies to every single child that stayed at The Alyssa House.

The Dogwood Festival is near and dear to our hearts, as our own Alyssa was named an Honorary Dogwood Festival Princess during her fight with osteosarcoma.

We met up with the 16-year-old Carrington to learn a little more about her inspiration to help children in medical crisis.

“I first met Alyssa when I was Preteen Miss Dogwood festival and Alyssa was the 75772_278848698900589_1760146796_nHonorary Princess. We did several events and Parades together.  We were the same age.

Spending half my time in and around Fluvanna County, there were always stories of Alyssa and her impact in the community. We all followed the family and were excited when The Alyssa House came to life.

Knowing and spending time with Alyssa and watching her battle with cancer, I knew the least I could do was to help other kids and their families as they battled for their child’s life.
 

The Carrington Project was created after my Grandfather Spanky Harris lost his battle with lung cancer in October 2013.  I knew then I wanted my platform to be in the fight against cancer.  Being so young my self and seeing kids and babies fight for their lives, I knew I wanted to concentrate on childhood Cancer and diseases.

I spent an evening with Lynn (Alyssa’s mom) talking about Alyssa, their journey as a family, and what was beneficial. After that I came up with the Welcome Bags.  I heard from a lot of families about how hard this fight is on the siblings of a treating child.  This is why I also make sure that all children in the family receive a bag personalized to what they like and their interests.

 

My message to the kids and families that come into the Alyssa House is to be brave, be strong, and keep up the fight!
 
We are here to love and support you… We are all in this together in the fight against cancer and childhood illnesses.”
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