A teen is using his birthday as an opportunity to help patients at his local children’s hospital.
Sam Bishop, 15, of John Glenn High School in St. Joseph County, Indiana presented a check for $10,343 to A Rosie Place, a hospital designed for medically fragile children. According to WNDU, Bishop asked friends and family for donations on a GoFundMe page for his birthday in lieu of gifts.
His mom, Tieal Bishop, is the CEO of A Rosie Place, which gave him the idea to start a fundraiser for the hospital. Bishop has Type 1 diabetes and knows what it’s like for childhood to be interrupted by illness.
“It makes me think I have it easy because all these kids have it so much harder than I do. It’s just so much more difficult. I was just thankful I had the opportunity like this to give back to them,” Bishop told WNDU.
The hospital plans to use the money to pay for staff when A Rosie Place hosts weekend events for the patients.