A Dogged Determination: Vienna girl, four-legged bestie raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Hospital | News, Sports, Jobs
VIENNA — A girl and her mini Goldendoodle are walking around town to change lives.
Ten-year-old Lainey Pfeifer of Vienna is doing a 30-mile dog walk challenge to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Beginning the endeavor after Thanksgiving, she has hopes of raising money for the children’s hospital to which she’s been donating for years. After seeing the challenge on Facebook, her mother asked if this would be something she would like to do.
“I wanted to do this challenge to raise money for kids who have cancer so that they might be able to have a happy life,” Lainey said.
She started with a goal of $250, but her dream was $1,000.
Janie Pfeifer, her mother, said she giggled a bit at the idea of her being able to raise that much money — until the proceeds started coming.
“We quickly made it past $250, $300, $350, $400, $450, etc. And now we are almost to her new goal of $2,000,” Janie said. “We are blown away by the amount of money that has been raised.”
St. Jude is close to Lainey’s heart as over the years she donated $5 here and there from her piggy bank. She hopes to make a difference even for just a few lives.
“I learned that, because of donations, parents never have to pay for their child’s medical bills while at St. Jude. All they have to worry about is helping their child live. I wanted to help with this,” she said.
Obi, a hyper Goldendoodle, has made it a breeze.
Lainey loves animals, volunteers as a trained dog walker at the Humane Society of Parkersburg, swims for the YMCA Sharks swim team and plays volleyball. She said her teachers, friends and family have been huge supporters, encouraging her along the way and donating to the cause.
Her hopes are “to raise money to help find a cure for cancer,” Lainey said. “I had fun with this challenge because I like spending time with my dog. It was fun checking my fundraiser page and seeing the donations coming in from my friends and family getting me closer and closer to my goal. It’s nice knowing that I am making a difference. I can’t believe that I was able to raise almost $2,000.”
Not only has this been fun for Lainey, since the challenge started, 2-year-old Obi is walking better on a leash. She now has more confidence walking him.
It’s also been a reward for her parents to watch their child make a difference.
“Lainey has been very determined during this entire fundraiser,” Janie said. “She gets out there and walks almost every day, even in the rain and snow. She tracks her miles after every walk and is making sure that she is doing her part by walking the entire 30 miles. It’s nice knowing that there are young people out there trying to make a big difference in our community and beyond. Lainey has such a big heart. I am very proud of her commitment to helping these families that are going through such a difficult and challenging time.”
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