Eleanor Cook of Bloomington, Indiana, loves art, creating pottery, dancing and going camping. She dreams of being an astronaut and one day going to Mars and Jupiter. She is also devoted to supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Although Eleanor is just 6 years old, she already has helped raise more than $25,000 for St. Jude by donating money she received for her birthday, setting up a lemonade stand and helping to organize a dinner gala that included a performance by a local comedian.
Eleanor’s family and their friends, the Harbstreit family, created Connect 4: For Kids by Kids, an organization to help raise funds for St. Jude. The children of the two families — Eleanor, her sister Shaunacee, 16; Zed Harbstreit, 12, and Gunnar Harbstreit, 9, worked together to organize the Connect 4: For Kids by Kids — A Night to Create a Smile dinner gala in July.
The group is already working on next year’s event.