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Chapel Hill teen sets big goals for nonprofit that helps kids

Posted August 23, 2014 2:30 p.m. EDT
Updated August 24, 2014 10:10 a.m. EDT

Leanne Joyce

— Three years after starting a nonprofit aimed at improving the lives of teens and children undergoing medical treatment, Chapel Hill teen Leanne Joyce is setting big goals for the organization's future.

Joyce, who started Positive Impact for Kids after being diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called aortic stenosis, is hoping to raise $100,000 by the time she graduates high school.

Positive Impacts for Kids provides children's hospitals with "wish list" items such as gaming systems, iPads and movies.

“The child life specialists use iPad Minis for education on future procedures and treatments and education for school work if they're in the hospital for a long time,” Joyce said. “Depending on where they use it in the hospital, each one can affect over 9,000 kids a year.”

Joyce has donated to at least one hospital in every state.

The nonprofit has already raised $25,000, and it is in the running to receive another $10,000 from KIND as part of KIND Causes, a program that funds socially impactful ideas.