A local teen is receiving a beary pawsome honor. Fourteen year old Peyton Medick, founder of Peyton's Promise, was just named as a semifinalist for Build-A-Bear Workshop's Huggable Heroes campaign.
"I never imagined that it would grow this big," Medick told NewsChannel 7 in an exclusive interview.
Flash forward six years and Peyton is still keeping her promise. She's collected more than 90 tons of food for local food pantries and has raised more than $30,000 for her cause. These accomplishments have earned her worldwide recognition, even taking her to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"I had the experience of a lifetime to carry the torch in Aylesbury, England," Medick gushed.
Now she's been named one of 80 furbulous semifinalists for the Build-A-Bear Workshop's Huggable Heroes, a program honoring young leaders making a difference in their communities.
"I was really surprised and really honored to be a Huggable Hero," Medick reacted.
Despite her accomplishments, Medick insists she doesn't consider herself a role model.
"Anybody can inspire somebody to make a difference," Medick said humbly, adding "That is my goal to inspire others to make a difference, but I don't necessarily consider myself an inspiration."
Although flattered by the honor, Medick says her promise and mission has never been about personal gain.
"Really, it's not about being recognized," she said. "It's about getting the word out about the problem of hunger and about kids going to bed hungry every single night and waking up in the morning with no breakfast."
In fact, Medick didn't even know she was nominated for this most recent honor.
"I honestly don't know who nominated me this time, but whoever it was thank you," She said blushing.
If Medick is named one of the ten winners, she will receive a $10,000 prize which includes a scholarship, a donation to a charity of her choice and a mentoring scholarship. The Ten Huggable Heroes will be announced this summer.
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