Founder, We Cancerve Movement, Inc.
"We Cancerve's biggest achievement since starting in 2012 is that we've piqued the interests of the youth in our community and have made service easy, fun and attainable for them. We find ourselves having more and more youth groups reaching out to us looking for opportunities and ways to help than we find ourselves seeking them out. That’s a great position to be in as a nonprofit and even more special as a youth-led organization. School service-learning clubs, national honor societies, girl scout troops, sports teams, church youth groups and special interest groups have partnered with We Cancerve on major projects that, for the most part, were inspired by own childhood experiences. I often hear that I'm inspiring; I'm inspired by the youth we serve and the youth who help us serve them. We're definitely bringing swift solutions to children in need because shouldn't have to wait."
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A Bit About Grace
Grace E. G. Callwood, age 17, is the founder and chairwoman of her all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit organization she founded in 2012 at age seven to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster youth. Her nonprofit's programs and initiatives have reached more than 25,000 children to date.
She has been awarded more than $155,000 in national and global prizes for her service work, and she’s raised more than three times as much in in-kind and individual cash donations. She helped raised more than $26,000 for the We Cancerve Pediatric Patient Assistance Fund she created in 2016 at Sinai Hospital. Since 2015, she has granted more than $10,000 in “Make Happiness Happen” and other microgrants to nonprofits that provide direct services that bring joy to homeless, sick and/or foster children including Maryland's Believe in Tomorrow Foundation, Anna's House and Harford Family House.
She is the 2019 World of Children honoree, a 2019 CNN Young Wonder and a 2020 Hormel Foods 10 Under 20 Food Hero. Grace is a junior honors student enrolled in the Global Studies International Baccalaureate program at Edgewood High School. She is a member of St. James AME Church-Green Street. She plays the trumpet, French horn and mellophone in her school marching and jazz bands, and enjoys dancing in her church’s liturgical dance ministry and singing with the young adult contemporary choir at her church.
She is the daughter of T’Jae and Theodore Ellis, Jr., and Winston Callwood, and granddaughter to NeAnni Y. Ife.