Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Grrrreat! Girl's Courage Lands Her Face on Cereal Boxes

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Grrrreat! Girl's Courage Lands Her Face on Cereal Boxes

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Byline: cindy holifield & sandy strickland

Haley Richardson isn't a famous athlete, but her face is on boxes of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts sold at Food Lion stores nationwide. The 10-year-old Jacksonville resident said she hopes it will save the lives of other young cancer patients or, as she puts it, "lead to more birthdays."

Haley was treated at Wolfson Children's Hospital for bone cancer. She has been cancer free since December 2009 after 30 weeks of chemotherapy and surgery to remove 14 centimeters of her lower right thigh.

Haley and two other kids are on the boxes through June as part of a Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraiser. Kellogg is donating $1 (up to $75,000) to the network for every four boxes sold.

Moreover, Haley was chosen to represent Florida this year in the network's Champions program because of her bravery battling cancer, a news release said.

"I feel good about myself because this is only the second time that someone from Jacksonville has gotten picked," she said.

The 51 Champions represent the 17 million kids treated annually at 170 network hospitals, including Wolfson and Shands Jacksonville's pediatric program. In October, they will share their stories with officials in Washington and then take part in the network's Celebration event at Disney World.

"Children's Miracle Network has been with us since the beginning," said Haley's mom, Tina Richardson, adding that it has even staged birthday parties for her daughter.

Richardson described Haley, who will be going into the fifth grade at Ramona Boulevard Elementary School, as a friendly, responsible child who never let her illness hold her back. The reaction from neighborhood and school pals?

"They say that I'm their famous friend, and I say, 'No, I'm just your friend.' "

Here's more good news:

- There was no ace up the sleeve as poker players of varying skills battled it out on the tables while raising money in the inaugural Ante Up for Children poker event. …

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