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12-Year-Old Boys Town Hospital Volunteer is a Hero to Many

Femi smiling.

​​Femi Tevoedjre, daughter of Awissi Anigbe, health information representative at Boys Town National Research Hospital, finds strength in helping others.

Diagnosed with a congenital heart disease called Restrictive Cardiomyopathy at only 10-years-old, Femi bravely underwent surgery and received a heart transplant. Part of her routine during rehabilitation consisted of drawing several pints of blood in order to track her progress. Always a curious individual, Femi realized giving blood could make a big difference.

Although Femi was too young to donate blood herself, she collaborated with the Red Cross and with the support of her family and Glad Tidings Church, she started a blood drive to spread awareness and help others understand the importance of giving blood. In 2015, her first blood drive impacted more than 65 lives! This year, she plans to help even more with her second blood drive, which will be held on July 23, 2016 at Glad Tidings Church from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

When she’s not helping to save lives, Femi enjoys learning at school, reading scary novels, playing volleyball, creating art with her family and friends and volunteering at Boys Town National Research Hospital. Femi has helped with the Memorial Day Run and will volunteer at the upcoming Healthy Kids Carnival in August. At only 12-years-old, Femi has lived the Boys Town mission to help more children and families.​