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People Taking Action: Currituck High School senior raises $100,000 for kids battling cancer

Posted at 7:56 PM, Oct 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-20 19:56:23-04

Currituck County, NC – NewsChannel 3 recognized a very special high school senior who is taking action to put smiles on the faces of kids who are fighting for their lives.

We received an email about Mary Kate Morgan, a Currituck County High School senior and the founder of the annual Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer.

Mary Kate has been organizing fundraisers since she was in the 6th grade. She has raised a total of $100,000 for pediatric research.

Susan Camden, who held back tears to read the first sentence of the email she sent to us, says Mary Kate is very involved in school, church and the community.

She says in addition to her involvement in the community, Mary Kate has also served on the Currituck County Board of Education as a student representative.

Thanks to her heartwarming email, NewsChannel 3’s Kurt Williams showed up to the school to surprise Mary Kate while she was in class.

She was trying to figure out why everyone was entering her classroom.

She was presented with a People Taking Action Award and she also received a $300 Visa Gift Card from our community partner Southern Bank.

"The community has really embraced this. I really share this award with the whole community because it's not just me. I've had so much help from my friends,” says Mary Kate.

Mary Kate says anyone can take action and get results!

"And no matter how old you are--young or old, you can make a difference and you know whether you’re 7-years-old or 70, you still have that same power to make a difference."