Childhood cancer claimed Leia Hunt’s ability to see out of her left eye, but it also gave her a vision. At the age of 18, over a decade after first being diagnosed with retinoblastoma at the age of two, the childhood cancer survivor founded Leia’s Kids, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Leia’s Kids was born from her heart to love and serve children battling cancer. As a survivor, Leia knows the trials and tribulations children and their families face, and she desires to be a voice of hope. While doctors, nurses, and other medical professions are equipped to care for patients’ physical needs, sick children and their families need more than medical care.
That’s where Leia’s Kids comes in.
Each child nominated to be one of Leia’s Kids receives a $1,000 donation from the foundation. They are also each celebrated at their own Crown-A-Kid party, a special event that celebrates, encourages, and uplifts children and their families in the midst of their battle against cancer.
Leia battled and defeated retinoblastoma not just once, but twice. She sees her survival as a testament of God’ goodness and is determined to do all she can to glorify him with her life. In addition to founding her nonprofit, she is a podcast host, inspirational speaker, and the author of “My Battle Plan Journal,” a grief journal, and the newly released "Princess Marygold and the Royal Tea Party" which tells the story of Princess Marygold, the very first princess childhood cancer survivor. In this story, Princess Marygold and her best friend, Peppermint the Pig, help twin girls find their special purpose.
To learn more about Leia’s Kids and how you can get involved, visit leiaskids.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or find the nonprofit on social media @leias_kids.