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Young donor to award nursing scholarship

Bolingbrook, IL – Ten-year-old fundraiser Mia Farrell will present the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation’s first nursing scholarship to a Bolingbrook High School student next week. Mia, who lives in Bolingbrook, asked her friends and family to donate to the scholarship fund instead of giving her presents for her 10th birthday on March 11.

“I’ve always been interested in helping people,” said Mia, a fourth-grader at St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook. “I chose the nursing scholarship because it’s a new hospital, so they need more workers. And I thought the more workers there are, the more people could be cured from sicknesses.” 

The $500 scholarship will be presented to a graduating senior who plans to attend nursing school. Mia’s presentation will take place during the school’s annual Honors Day awards ceremony, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21.

The idea to donate her birthday money to charity came up when Mia couldn’t think of anything she wanted for her birthday, which was March 11. Parents James and Liza Farrell brought up the idea of reaching out to a charity. Mia loved the idea, so the family began researching local charitable donations; James suggested the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation after meeting the foundation’s executive director, Derek Cazeau, at a community event.

Kathy Mitchell, chief nursing officer at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, said she is proud that Mia will present the scholarship to a deserving student.

“We want to honor Mia’s generosity by giving her the opportunity to award the scholarship so she can see firsthand how her donation will benefit another member of the Bolingbrook community,” Mitchell said.

Cazeau expressed his gratitude on behalf of the hospital foundation.

“Perhaps Mia’s actions will spur other young people to reach out to others in their community,” Cazeau said.

To donate to the foundation’s nursing scholarship fund, call (630) 312-6000.


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