Kiersten Helmey

In recognition of #GivingTuesday, With Purpose will be highlighting four spectacular youth advocates. In this post, Kiersten Helmey discusses why Lincoln Logs made her smile.

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How did you get involved with With Purpose?

I got involved with With Purpose at the end of my sophomore year after taking a year-long course with co-founder, Mike Lee. After learning more about his son, Sam, I felt a strong pull to reach out to his wife, Erin Benson, and get involved in any way that I could. It started out as just wanting to volunteer and then developed into an internship and getting to help break a Guinness World Record. All in all, it grew into this experience of something way bigger than myself, and I am so honored to have been a part of this organization.

 What has being a part of With Purpose taught you?

I think a common expression people hear is how it's the little things that make you smile or can make an impact, and no matter how cliché it is, it reigns true. With Purpose not only taught but SHOWED me that lesson when seeing the amount of Lincoln logs sent from across the country to help us break a world record and raise awareness about the problems with pediatric cancer treatments in the US.

 What makes With Purpose special?

Sam's story is one that deserves to be shared and heard. Families with children diagnosed with DIPG or any pediatric cancer deserve a fighting chance to live their lives to the absolute fullest possible extent. With Purpose provides a platform for people of all ages to feel empowered to take and run with something that can truly make a difference. It doesn't matter if you're 5, 25, or 55. It was created with the help of youth-led initiatives, and I think that speaks volumes to how fast it has grown and will continue to grow.

 Do you think With Purpose has empowered you? How?

Wholeheartedly yes. I felt so drawn to With Purpose after I heard about how and why Mike and Erin channeled their story with Sam into creating the organization. It is truly a testament to how nothing can become something big.

 What does the word "spark" mean to you?

Igniting something in order for it to flourish into something bigger than what it was when it started. Igniting something makes it spread, its rapid, and it doesn't take “no” for an answer.

Erin Benson