Sadie Keller may seem like a typical 11 years old, however, she is not. She is a survivor of childhood leukemia, philanthropist, and a noted public speaker. She is also the energy and inspiration behind the Sadie Keller Foundation. The foundation is based in North Texas, and they provide support to families who have children battling childhood cancer.
The mission of the Sadie Keller Foundation is straight forward. They want to raise awareness, provide comfort and some fun for the children fighting cancer, and they want the government to spend more money on pediatric cancer research. One fundraiser program sponsored by the foundation is Sadie’s Sleigh. The goal of the program is to collect gifts for children and their families who are dealing with childhood cancer. Presents are collected from all over the United States and they are delivered to children who are in hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth area. When Sadie Sleigh toy drive began in 2015, 1500 toys were donated. The second year the number of toys donated more than double, and by 2017 10,000 toys were donated to the children.
However, the foundation realized that they could not do all the work themselves. They have reached out for some help and support and several cooperate sponsors stepped up. One person who has stepped up to help with Sadie’s Sleigh was Matthew Fleeger. Mathew Fleeger is President of Gulf Coast Western. Gulf Coast Western is known for working with non-profit organizations. In 2018, Fleeger teamed up with Sadie Keller and sponsored the 2018 Sadie’s Sleigh toy drive, which donated $14,000. This total was added to donations made in September. Thanks to the donations, Sadie more than exceeded her goal of giving 13,000 toys to children with cancer.