A 9-year-old girl will take the pitcher's mound at the Seattle Mariners game Monday night. Jayden Nelson is throwing the first pitch on “Salute to Volunteers” night.
The third grader from Pe Ell, Washington raised more than $1,000 for patients at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.
She donated the $100 she got for her eighth birthday. Jayden organized bake sales and lemonade stands. She even auctioned off a cake the hospital gave to her as a sign of their appreciation.
“I wanted to help those kids that have cancer because they're going through a hard time,” said Jayden.
She said she was inspired to help others after reading a book, “Change Makers,” which tells the stories of teens who have contributed to their community.
In addition to getting to throw out the first pitch for her efforts, Jayden visited the Governor’s mansion in Olympia to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award last week.
She said all the recognition motivates her to continue to help others.
“I feel I ain't done yet,” said Jayden.