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June 16, 2018

(Abingdon, MD) – Katelyn O’Connor has been dancing for almost as long as she’s been walking. And, the joy she gets from the artform is what inspired her to team with a fellow dancer to plan a fundraiser benefitting a summer camp for area homeless children.  RSVP today for the dance at here.

We Cancerve, 95.1 SHINE FM Team for Toiletries Drive to Help Homeless Youth

The We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a Maryland-run nonprofit organization, and 95.1 SHINE-FM, a radio station broadcasting contemporary Christian music to the greater Baltimore-Washington area, jointly announce the “We Care for Kids” toiletries drive to help area homeless youth.

December 27 2017

The We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a Maryland-run nonprofit organization, invites youth ages 8-18 in Harford and Baltimore counties and Baltimore city to apply for one of five seats now open on its all-youth board of advisors. This is the first time We Cancerve is recruiting new board members by application.

Grace Callwood, 13, was named the 2017 Youth Honoree of the Maryland Governor’s Service Award, presented by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.  She recognized during their 34th annual awards program on November 2 at the Children’s Theater of Annapolis.  She is the founder of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc.

October 9, 2017

Harford County-based nonprofit, the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., was named a 2017 Honor Rows recipient by the Baltimore Ravens and the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.  We Cancerve is led by seven school-aged children.  We Cancerve is one of 16 youth groups recognized with this honor. 

September 10, 2017

Little fingers and bright eyes are now finding costumes and masks of choice in stores across our area in preparation of a nighttime favorite: trick-or-treat.  But missing from store aisles are homeless children whose families can’t afford costumes or masks.  They can’t even afford to live in neighborhoods with door bells to ring and spooky decorations on light posts to approach with cautious excitement.

We Cancerve’s Callwood Wins Top Service Prize, Grant Money in Rye Brook

May 6, 2017

The Second District of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. named 12-year-old Grace Callwood, founder and chairwoman of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., their 2017 Citizen of the Year during their 69th annual conference, held at the Westchester Hilton in Rye Brook, NY on May 6, 2017.  Callwood is the youngest person to receive the prestigious honor.

This year – 2017 – marks the sixth that the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., has donated Eggstra Special Easter Baskets to homeless, sick and foster children. Thanks to a dynamic all-youth board of advisors and tremendous community support, this year, We Cancerve donated 470 Eggstra Special Easter Baskets and 322 Eggstra Special Goodie Bags to 10 homeless shelters, three foster care organizations, four medical programs, and five programs for homeless and hungry persons.

Sahil Menon, 17, of Bel Air, was recently named the 2017 Fred J. Epstein Youth Achievement Award Honoree and one of five Special Recognition Award winners by Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc., a national organization created to educate, guide and inspire parents of children with learning disabilities or ADHD.

February 14, 2017

Fifth-grade students from Harford Day School have teamed with the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., to collect new books and new toys for young children who are hospitalized or homeless. But there’s a catch: the toys are all stuffed animals that match the main character in each donated book.

February 13, 2017

Sahil Menon, 17, of Bel Air, Md., recently was named a 2017 distinguished finalist by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. He will receive an engraved bronze medallion. 

February 8, 2017

We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace E. Gibson Callwood, a sixth-grade student at Edgewood Middle School, and her mother T’Jae Gibson Ellis, were both named to the Board of Directors for the Harford Family House, the largest provider of transitional housing for homeless families with children in Harford County, and the only organization in Harford County capable of keeping an intact family, including a father, together during the crisis of homelessness. Callwood is the youngest person named to Harford Family House’s board of directors and together, she and her mother make the first mother-daughter team to serve on the board at the same time. 

It started as a simple collection aimed to give unused hotel-size toiletries to school counselors and shelter staff for area homeless children. But to Ashlee Brockwell, a sixth grade student at Patterson Mill Middle School, this project is all about building self-esteem.

Harford County Tween Named 2016 Nickelodeon HALO Award Honoree

October 25, 2016

We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace E. G. Callwood, age 12, of Harford County, is a 2016 NICKELODEON HALO AWARDS Honoree, and will be recognized during a concert special honoring her and  three other young community leaders who are changing the world by “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO).

The We Cancerve Movement, Inc. was named a recipient of the Karma for Cara Foundation’s microgrant program.  The local nonprofit plans to spend its $650 prize on fleece to make wearable blankets for children undergoing cancer treatment at area hospitals.

The We Cancerve Movement, Inc.’s seven-member all-youth board of advisors was named a 2016 Honor Rows recipient for their demonstrated strong commitment to servicing the needs of the local community.

We Cancerve Starts Patient Assistance Fund at Baltimore’s Sinai Hospital

August 24, 2016

We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace Callwood, age 11, announced Monday the formation of the We Cancerve Patient Assistance Fund with a donation of $5,000 she won as a 2015-2017 Peace First Fellow.  The fund will benefit sick children at the Children’s Hospital at Sinai.

Tiny Toes, a children’s boutique in downtown Bel Air, will celebrate 10 years of business and as part of their anniversary celebration, they’re teaming up with the We Cancerve Movement to give a complete, new back-to-school outfit for children living at Harford Family House, Harford County’s only transitional housing program for intact homeless families, including a father.

June 28, 201

Grace E. G. Callwood, 11, founder of the We Cancerve Movement, was among the 15 Harford County nominees recognized as a Champion of Children and Youth during an awards breakfast Friday at Harford Community College. 

June 16, 2016

The Iota Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., has teamed up with the We Cancerve Movement to collect cleaning supplies for families with children living at three shelter in the greater Harford County area. Together, they collected more than 90 items, which is enough to help residents at three transitional housing programs: Harford Family House in Aberdeen, Anna’s House in Bel Air, and INNterim in Pikesville.

May 16, 2016

A chic boutique opened May 15 in Bel Air at a group home for teen girls in foster care, thanks to the all-youth board of advisors for the We Cancerve Movement

April 2, 2016

In 2016, the We Cancerve Movement donated 405 Eggstra Special Easter Baskets and for the first time, 271 goodie bags filled with Easter treats to seven shelters and programs that serve homeless children, four hospitals and a group home for teen girls in foster care.  This year’s donation brings the total Easter baskets donated to date to 723 baskets, said Founder Grace E. G. Callwood, age 11. 

March 7, 2016

On March 12, Tiny Toes Boutique in Bel Air will accept donations of bags of individually-wrapped candy that will be included in 159 Eggstra Special Easter baskets donated by the We Cancerve Movement to area homeless, sick and foster children this year. 

(Aberdeen, Md.) –  The thought that homeless children are sleeping outside in the cold, or in drafty shelters and motels led  members of a youth-led nonprofit to partner with a local chapter of an international fraternity on a major socks drive.


December 17, 2015

Brody Hichkad, age 7, counted one-by-one the number of pipe cleaners that were neatly piled into large aluminum pans displayed with other crafts on tables in Fountain Green Elementary School’s cafeteria this month.


“605” pipe cleaners, he politely exclaimed to his second grade teacher Keisha Nandalal, who organized a two-night project to help Fountain Green second graders cope with recent losses at school and in their families to cancer, including the loss of room mom Amanda Hichkad, Brody’s mother.

 Ten-year-old Alexis Bell, a fifth grade student at Forest Lakes Elementary School, gathered her friends and family Monday, the first day of a week-long Thanksgiving vacation, to pack 58 hand-colored boxes with breakfast foods and snacks for homeless and hungry children who show up Saturdays with their families at the Sharing Table in Edgewood.

October 27, 2015

Today, Grace E. G. Callwood, who turned 11 in September, was named a 2015 Peace First Fellow. She is one of five winners selected from more than one thousand applicants nationwide. Callwood - who is the founder of the We Cancerve Movement, a local nonprofit that brings happiness to homeless, sick and foster children - is the youngest fellow named this year. She’s a fifth grade student at William S. James Elementary School.

Grace E. G. Callwood, 11, was named Harford’s Most Beautiful Person tonight during a ceremony at the Bel Air Church of the Nazarene. She was the only nominee under the age 18 in this year’s competition.

September 30, 2015

When We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace Callwood learned that 462 homeless children were enrolled in the Harford County Public Schools last school year, she was shocked. So, she rallied members of her board of advisors – all youth – to think of ways they could help raise awareness about the plight of homeless children. 

August 26, 2015

Thanks to overwhelming community support, Harford County based charity, The We Cancerve Movement, delivered back-to-school outfits to almost 40 children living with their parents at the Harford Family House, a local homeless shelter. 

June 29, 2015

Today, Grace E. G. Callwood, 10, founder of the We Cancerve Movement, was named a Peace First Prize finalist.  Her nonprofit helps shine a spotlight on the youthful-zeal of children in the most vulnerable situations in hopes of bringing them swift solutions because she said “happiness should not have to wait.”

June 15, 2015

We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace E. G. Callwood, age 10, told a packed room of homeless mothers Monday night how at age seven she faced a life-changing challenge that inspired her to create initiatives to bring happiness to homeless, sick and foster children. She co-hosted a registration open house for Camp Happy with staff at Anna’s House, a Bel Air homeless shelter. The camp kicks off June 22. 

Brownies from three Mount Washington Area Girl Scout troops delivered 20 Beach in a Bucket kits to the Walter and Herman Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore.

April 24, 2015

Today, We Cancerve Movement Board Members Sarah Beall, Addison Simpler and Grace Callwood, all age 10, delivered more than 30 pounds of new art supplies to the Hackerman-Patz House in Baltimore, in hopes of bringing happiness to children, who with their families, stay there during hospital treatments.

April 20, 2015

The Aflac Glasgow Highlanders Team of Kentucky donated 20 TransFUNers kits to the We Cancerve Movement as part of the insurance company’s ongoing efforts to support organizations that fight against childhood cancer.

April 5, 2015

This year alone, the We Cancerve Movement donated 146 Eggstra Special Easter baskets to area homeless, sick and foster children, bringing the grand total since 2012 to date to 318. 

March 8, 2015

(Mount Washington, Md.) – We Cancerve Movement, an all-youth led nonprofit organization based in Harford County, Md., has joined with Mount Washington area Girl Scouts to donate dozens of Beach in a Bucket gifts this spring to pediatric patients at Sinai Hospital and Mount Washington Hospital.

December 9, 2014

Abingdon-area school children collected more than 60 coats and jackets that will be donated to the Eastside Family Emergency Shelter in White Marsh Friday, December 12, to help homeless children – and their parents – stay warm this winter.  The effort was sponsored by William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon and the We Cancerve Movement.

November 17, 2014

We Cancerve Movement, an all-youth led nonprofit organization based in Harford County, Md., is taking care of milk for homeless children at a local shelter every month for the next three years.  Their donation of 36 gallons of milk to the Eastside Family Emergency Shelter in White Marsh Wednesday is part of ongoing efforts to help raise attention to homeless children. Board members say they’re hopeful that this donation will bring smiles and full stomachs to children living there. Add News Story here

November 13, 2014

Ten-Year-Old Founder Speaks at Mount Gilead UMC Sunday, November 16


We Cancerve Movement Founder Grace E. G. Callwood, 10, of Abingdon, will provide the inspirational message during the November 16 worship service at Mount Gilead United Methodist Church in Reisterstown, Md.  Her remarks will celebrate Youth Day at the church, which is located at 5302 Glen Falls Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136.  Service begins at 11 a.m.  A light reception will follow the morning service.

October 3, 2014

Members of the We Cancerve Movement’s all-youth Board of Advisors delivered a dozen “Books & Buddies” to the Walter E. Samuelson Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Friday, October 3. 

October 2, 2014

Grace E. G. Callwood, age 10, was named the youngest person nominated for the Harford Most Beautiful People Award this year for her volunteer efforts that benefit homeless, sick and foster children.  

August 18, 2014

Board of Advisors from the We Cancerve Movement shipped boxes of school supplies to the Achego Childcare & Orphanage Center in Songhor, Kenya today.  This is one of two major school supply donations undertaken by the all-youth board of advisors.  (Shown, Alexis Bell, Member, Board of Advisors)

July 14, 2014

Grace E.  G. Callwood, 9, of Abingdon, was recognized as a local winner of the Kohl's Scholarship Program as an outstanding young volunteer. Callwood was one of two youth representing the Bel Air store.

May 13, 2014

Grace E. G. Callwood, 9, of Abingdon, was named a generationOn Hasbro Community Action Hero semi-finalist 2014 this month. She is one of nine semi-finalists, all youth, recognized for exceptional volunteerism. Six students from around the country were named finalists, and were honored May 5, in a ceremony in New York City.

May 2, 2014

Mr. Benjamin Richardson, principal of William S. James Elementary School in Abingdon, surprised nine-year-old Grace E. G. Callwood today with a donation to a charity she founded in 2011. The funds were raised as part of Richardson’s “Jeans for Charity” initiative he started a few years back at the school.

April 30, 2014

Girls enrolled in Greater Gethsemane Baptist Church’s Daughters of Imani Mentoring initiative adopted as a community service project TransFUNers, a We Cancerve Movement initiative that creates kits containing a pillowcase and arts and crafts to decorate the pillowcase. The decorated pillowcases are placed over an IV pole to transform medical transfusions into something fun for patients, particularly pediatric patients.

April 17, 2014

Harford County youth early swarmed a young boy, nearly age 7, as he inched his way out of his room on the University of Maryland – Upper Chesapeake Medical Center’s pediatric floor.  Shown here is Alexis Bell, a member of the board of advisors. She and her family made a huge contribution to the Eggstra Special Easter Baskets initiative.

April 9, 2014

Three members of the all-youth Board of Advisors for the We Cancerve Movement toured the pediatric in-patient unit at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, Md. This "reality tour" helped inspire a list of activities they hope to start pursuing this Spring.

January 4, 2014

Grace E. G. Callwood, 9, founder of the “We Cancerve Movement”, was named the first young person to receive the “Making a Difference Award” from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary. A surprised Callwood received the honors on January 4, 2014 at an event held at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

November 5, 2013

Nine-year-old Grace E. G. Callwood, of Abingdon, was recognized in two categories during the Harford Family House Volunteer Breakfast November 5, at the Wetlands Golf Course in Aberdeen. She was one of the youngest honorees during the nonprofit’s annual event.

October 26, 2013

Nine-year-old Grace E. G. Callwood sponsored a two-hour, fun-filled workshop on October 25, at the Arrow Crossroads Community in Bel Air, a group home for 18 teen girls who are transitioning out of foster care. Callwood created the workshop as part of her “We Cancerve Movement” to be a self-awareness and self-esteem fun-day for teens focused on makeup, poise, etiquette and basic networking tips.

August 20, 2013

Girls emancipating from foster care into independent adult living were given personal toiletry kits, thanks to an overwhelming collection drive sponsored by the We Cancerve Movement.


Hundreds of bottles of hotel-size shampoo, conditioner and lotion, and bars of soap were collected in July and August 2013.

August 23, 2013

 So that homeless children could go back to school with new outfits, eight-year-old Grace Callwood launched the "Threads of Hope" initiative that in less than 20 days resulted in a donation of 76 complete outfits for the 34 children living at Harford Family House.

October 19, 2012

Eight-year-old Grace E. G. Callwood and a group of her friends sold cups of lemonade in their Bel Air South community in September raising $633.  Their event recognized Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Lymphoma Awareness Month.  The earnings were distributed equally to the Alfred I. Copeland Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Outpatient Center at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, and the Casey Cares Foundation.

September 17, 2012

Proceeds from a driveway lemonade stand were split between two Baltimore area organizations that serve pediatric oncology patients: Casey Cares Foundation and Sinai Hospital.

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