New Disney Magic Makers are Champions for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Shelby Grasser

by , Manager - Corporate Citizenship, Disney Experiences

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is proud to recognize four Disney Magic Makers who have dedicated their lives to joining the fight against pediatric cancer. Proving that one person can make a difference, these heroes inspire their neighbors to take action and work together to bring magic to children around the country while educating their communities on the impact of childhood cancer.

Disney Magic Maker Gavin Clay and family

Gavin Clay of Louisville, Ohio is not your average 13-year-old. When his classmate was diagnosed with pediatric cancer in fifth grade, Gavin knew he had to help any way he could so he rallied his classmates and teachers to raise money for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, an organization that raises funds to help find cures for children with cancer. Every year, Gavin shaves his head in solidarity with pediatric chemo patients and has so far helped raise over $32,000. In addition to his volunteer work, Gavin meets with community organizations regularly to educate them on pediatric cancer and the importance of raising funds.

Disney Magic Maker Alison Hornung

Alison Hornung of North Kingstown, Rhode Island lost her friend Ella to cancer and made it her mission to help pediatric cancer patients. Alison became a founding member of the Glimmer Of Hope Foundation, an organization that raises money for pediatric cancer patients and families. Alison also donates bald American Girl dolls to show girls battling cancer that they are still strong and beautiful. To date, Alison has donated over 200 dolls as well as 30 Santa sacks of toys to Hasbro Children’s Hospital during the holidays, 120 wellness packages, and watercolor portraits of children who’ve passed to families as bereavement gifts. Through her efforts, Alison has raised more than $200,000 for pediatric cancer patients and families. It’s Alison’s mission to bring awareness and increased funding for pediatric cancer research and do what she can to bring hope and joy to children.

To celebrate the magic they’ve created, these Disney Magic Makers will enjoy a one-year subscription to Disney+ and a trip to Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” 

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