B'ville's young lady with a mission

Adriana Speach has a passion for reading.

That passion has led her to organize her first fundraiser at the tender age of 11 years old.

While reading a Discovery Girls magazine, Adriana found an article about how to keep busy and give back during summer vacation.

"It said I could put up a lemonade stand or raise money for a charity and I thought summer's a long time and I need something to do," she said. "I brainstormed all these ideas in my head, then I came up with Walk for Hope."

She admits the name came before the activity, but the walk idea worked out to benefit two organizations -- Golisano's Children Hospital and Beaver Lake Nature Center. Those participating or sponsoring walkers pay $5 to walk around the three-mile Lake Loop Trail, the proceeds of which are donated to Golisano's Children's Hospital. Having a friend with Leukemia who needs a bone marrow transplant, Adriana chose the children's hospital because she wanted to help other children.

"Children need a lot more attention because they are younger," she said. "I figure when kids are hurt or sick, they will need a good place to go or medical care. Somewhere that knows what kids need and hopefully can cure them of what is wrong or help them to feel better with any condition they may have."

After completing the walk at Beaver Lake, participants will pay a $2 donation fee to the park upon exiting.

"I thought Beaver Lake would be a good place for the walk because you would also be helping the environment," Adriana said.

Hard work

With the help of her mother Linda, Adriana has been working hard to spread the word.

"It's a lot of work and (my mom) is a really big help," she said.

Together they've distributed flyers to church groups, schools, faculty, businesses and friends.

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