Sometimes you meet someone that leaves an impression in your mind. Other times you meet someone that leaves an impression in your heart. I met that person a little a while ago. Her name is Paige Carpenter. She is 12 years old. She lives in Tewksbury and is about to go into 7th grade at the Wynn School here in town. What makes Paige so special you ask? See for yourself.
Hollie Gonzalez - So Paige, tell our readers a little about yourself.
Paige Carpenter - I am going into 7th grade. I love gymnastics and go to Wilkeys North Gymnastics here in town. I have been going there for three years. I also play Lacrosse for the town which I have been doing for about 4 years now. I love physical activities and being able to play outside.
HG - Children's Hospital in Boston has a special meaning to me, but what is your connection to it?
PC - I was a patient once when I was younger. I had my tonsils out when I was 4 years old. I also dislocated my knee and went there from all my care including my MRI and all my orthopedics.
HG - Do you still go there now?
PC - I go there for any follow ups that I need. I would also go there for anything that I would ever need in the future because all the doctors there help you and give you such great care. They are so nice and caring and treat all of your family with amazing kindness.
HG - What do you want people to know about Children's Hospital?
PC - I would want them to know about the doctors and nurses there. They are always so helpful. They always explain everything down to the littlest detail and make sure that you and your family are truly comfortable with any and all treatments. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have been able to get back into sports. They made it possible for me to have a quick recovery and get back into the games I love.
HG - You are kind of a "Super" Fundraiser for Children's Hospital. Tell me why you do it?
PC - Really because I got to come home. Some kids don't to get come home. From babies to teenagers, all are patients there. Some of us are very lucky to be able to come back home. A lot of them do not get that option and it really breaks my heart.
HG - How did you first start fundraising for them?
PC - When I was seven years old, I was at the hospital and MIX 104.1 was there doing a telethon. I though it was such a great idea that I went home and got my piggy bank and brought all the money I had in it back to the hospital to donate. (mom Heather tells me it was like $12.00)
HG - Can you tell me what kind of fundraising events you do for them?
PC - I first started by sitting in Perfectos when I was younger and selling flowers and putting up flyers to raise money for the hospital. Rain or shine I was sitting in there trying to help. My family and I do Miles for Miracles and the most popular thing I do is the Live Pro Wrestling event that has been held at the Tewksbury Country Club for the past couple of years.
HG - Tell me about it.
PC - We sell ring side and regular seats to the event. A real wrestling ring is set up right in the banquet room there and many pro wrestlers come and provide hours of family entertainment to raise money for Children's Hospital. We have raffles and sell food. 100% of the proceeds go to the hospital. It has been a giant hit in the past.
HG - I know my son is 10 and during the school year it is hard to accomplish more than school work and sports. How do you make time for all the fundraising that you do on top of all your academics and sports?
PC - It is hard, but I will always make time for Children's. I do it before school in the morning. Before and after practice. I do it after my homework is done and on the weekends. I put in a lot of time because it means so much to me. My mom sometimes has to step in and tell me to actually go to bed.
HG - How do you get the word out to people about what you do?
PC - Social media is huge. I do a lot on Instagram. My mom is my biggest supporter and does just as much work as I do to get the word out. I have a couple of really good friends and their moms that help out too whenever I ask or need volunteers.
HG - How can people help you?
- Well the website for the wrestling event is only active during the fundraising. We are always accepting donations and anything that we can use to raffle off at our event. We have companies from all over town that donate gift cards, baskets, and tickets. People put together some beautiful things to raffle off as well. We take those all year round so that we can have them to raffle during the wrestling event which usually takes place in the Spring. My moms email which is HMEC75@gmail.com
is always available for anyone who wants to donate anything at any time or if they have any questions about my fundraising.
HG - What do you think all the parents of the kids at Children's Hospital should know?
PC - I know its scary having to be there but the doctors there are incredible. That they are trying 100% to help your kids.
HG - So, Paige, what do you want to be when you grow up? (was totally thinking doctor here..)
PC - I'm not sure, I think I will know more when I am in high school. Right now I am interested in dentistry, or cosmetology, or even baking.
Paige Carpenter is just 12 years old! Can you imagine when she is in high school? She is going to be a force to be reckoned with. She does amazing work now. She is smart, strong willed, compassionate and very serious about her cause. She has raised a lot of money already for Children's Hospital and it seems like nothing is going to stop her. I have to congratulate her and her mother on such an amazing job already. Tewksbury should be proud of her. Well done Paige! I personally say "thank you."
Quick 5 - Paige Carpenter
Favorite Singer - Nikki Minaj
One Word to describe me - Clumsy
Favorite TV Show - Cake Wars
Exotic pet I'd like to own - Llama
Superpower I wish I could have - (She has two) Invisibility or the ability to freeze time, but not for me, just everyone else
(Hollie Gonzalez lives in Tewksbury with her husband and two kids. She is very passionate about her town.)
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