Sadie Keller is a fifth grader who is just 11 years old. She is a leukemia survivor and has been inspiring people as she seeks support for battling childhood cancer. She founded the Sadie Keller Foundation, and businessman and entrepreneur Matthew Fleeger decided to team up with her to reach more people. Sadie’s cancer started when she was just 7 years old. She was forced to undergo chemotherapy and has had to deal with side effects of this for years. She missed 2nd and 3rd grade but is now free from cancer.
Sadie made a series of videos after her leukemia diagnosis, where she talked in detail about her experiences. She admitted in the videos that cancer treatment can be scary; especially when its effects were unpredictable. Her original videos were a secret, but she eventually began to put her videos on Youtube. The creation of the Sadie Keller Foundation came about in order to bring awareness to the need for more funding for research into leukemia. Her efforts to get the word out caught the attention of Matthew Fleeger, and he helped out by hosting Sadie’s Sleigh toy drive in 2018. The drive raised thousands of dollars for the cause and was able to keep the Foundation running, as well.
Matthew Fleeger was happy to be a part of the toy drive, and he hopes to be able to continue to support the foundation. Thanks to Sadie Keller and her foundation, thousands of children undergoing treatment for cancer have recieved gifts. Sadie has also been a part of lobbying efforts and activism to help bring more attention to cancer and leukemia. Her hard work led to legislation being passed that increases the funding for research into childhood cancer. The two initiatives she helped to get passed were called the Star Act and the Race for Children Act, and Matthew Fleeger plans on doing everything he can to continue supporting her foundation.