Kathie Lee & Hoda: Mike Stolzenberger Mikey’s Run
Today’s episode was dedicated to children that are working to make a positive impact on the world, starting with Mike Stolzenberger, a 13-year-old boy working to raise money for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Mike is a quadruple amputee, so he is very aware of the challenges that those victims are facing after the tragic attack, called Mikey’s Run.
When Mike was eight years old, he was diagnosed with an immune disease called CGD, which means if you get dirt or any contaminants in your bloodstream, oxygen will stop flowing through the body. He got dirt under his fingernails at football practice, and then scratched a bug-bite with that fingernail. Within a few days, his hands and feet had turned black because blood was not flowing to them. It wasn’t long before he had to have them all amputated.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Jordan Somer Miss Amazing Pageant
19-year-old Jordan Somer is president of the Miss Amazing Pageant, which was designed to help girls and women with disabilities realize their potential. Jordan has been doing pageants once a year for quite some time now to meet friends and learn public speaking skills. It was a great opportunity for her that opened up a lot of avenues, and Jordan wanted to give that same opportunity to girls with disabilities.
She started the pageant when she was 13, so she didn’t realize the impact that it would have. For Jordan, it has been very uplifting to see girls have that moment where they realize their ability, in spite of their disability.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Hana Chuang Diabetes Awareness
Eight-year-old Hana Chung is a diabetes-awareness advocate. Hana was diagnosed when she was three, and is orchestrating diabetes walks over the Brooklyn Bridge and her cousins ran a lemonade stand to raise money for diabetes research.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Promote Your Cause
With all of the negative press the youth are getting today, Kathie Lee & Hoda asked these three kids what encouragement they had to offer other kids that wanted to make a difference. Mike Stolzenberger thinks that kids should take a chance on a cause if they believe in it. You will probably make a bigger impact than you expected. Jordan Somer suggested that kids take advantage of their youth, when you have no responsibilities, to find something that you really believe in.