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Jim Fielder, representing Gov. Larry Hogan's office, center, speaks to 12-year-old Grace Callwood as Harford County Council members Curtis Beulah, left, and Pat Vincenti, right, prepare to recognize her for her nonprofit work.
Jim Fielder, representing Gov. Larry Hogan's office, center, speaks to 12-year-old Grace Callwood as Harford County Council members Curtis Beulah, left, and Pat Vincenti, right, prepare to recognize her for her nonprofit work. (BRYNA ZUMER | AEGIS STAFF / Baltimore Sun)

Grace Callwood, an Abingdon girl who organized a nonprofit organization to help other children after she was diagnosed with cancer, was recognized earlier this month by local and state leaders for her community service efforts.

At the Sept. 13 Harford County Council meeting, Grace was presented with proclamations from Councilmen Curtis Beulah and Pat Vincenti, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman and Maryland Higher Education Commission Secretary Jim Fielder representing Gov. Larry Hogan.

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Grace founded We Cancerve in 2011 and has also organized Camp Happy, a summer camp for children of homeless families.

Grace Callwood has been helping other children since she was a toddler, when she requested that her third birthday presents be given to children in the hospital, and now, at age 10, she has seen the completion of the first year of Camp Happy, a four-week summer camp for children in homeless families.

The 12-year-old was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was starting first grade and is now cancer free. She has continued her charitable activities on behalf of other children, particularly those who are homeless.

At the council meeting, Grace presented checks on behalf of her We Cancerve organization to Baltimore's Sinai Hospital, Harford Family House and Community Foundation of Harford County.

Beulah and Vincenti gave Grace a challenge coin, only the 12th that has been distributed, they said.

The county government administrative building in Bel Air was lit up in gold during September in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

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