Jackson teen donates birthday money to childhood cancer foundation

Jackson teen donates birthday money to childhood cancer foundation
Published: Nov. 25, 2015 at 2:26 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2015 at 2:54 AM CST
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JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - A Jackson teenager flipped the script on birthday presents and this year wanted to give instead of get.

When Hannah Shinn's 13th birthday rolled around in September she decided she didn't need any gifts.

Instead, Shinn took all her birthday money, plus money she collected in church over the next two months, and put it in a jar to save for a good cause.

She surprised Stacy Glastetter, the mother of Wyatt Glastetter, with a donation to use for the Be Wyatt Kind foundation.

Glastetter started the foundation in her son's name after he died from childhood cancer at the age of three in February.

The foundation buys iPads for children with cancer around the nation. Glastetter said an iPad helped keep Wyatt entertained while he went through two years of treatment.

"Kids that do have cancer. They need something. They're in the hospital all the time," Glastetter said. "They need something fun. When Wyatt passed away we knew we wanted to do something."

Shinn collected $3000 dollars in all, including some of her own money. Shinn didn't know the Glastetter's personally, but says she was inspired by Wyatt's story.

"I couldn't help but smile it's just so nice knowing that someone will do something good," Shinn said.

So far, Glastetter says she's been able to get 67 iPads for children who have cancer nationwide.

As for six kids on the waiting list, Glastetter says thanks to Hannah's donation she'll be able to get those kids tablets before Christmas.

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