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Bel Air's Caroline Hickam honored by House of Delegates

Bel Air's Caroline Hickam honored by House of Delegates
Pictured with C. Milton Wright student Caroline Hickam are Speaker of the House Michael Busch, Dels. Andrew Cassilly and Teresa Reilly, Jeff Hickam and Jeannie Tieu. (Provided photo)

Caroline Hickam, of Bel Air, a senior at C. Milton Wright High School, received a resolution from the Maryland House of Delegates recently for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to serving her community, as a distinguished finalist in the 2106 Prudential Spirit of Community Award Program.

Caroline received the Prudential Award for raising awareness of the dangers of heart disease.

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She also raised $5,000 to provide CPR training kits for the Harford County public school system by planning and hosting a percussion concert featuring presentations by heart disease survivors.

Caroline, a survivor of open heart surgery, spent 85 hours coordinating and marketing the event, securing the venue, selling tickets and serving as an emcee for the show, held in February 2015.

She was honored in Annapolis on March 22, with northern Harford County Del. Teresa Reilly and House of Delegates Speaker Michael Busch presenting the proclamation.

In a February 2015 article in The Aegis, Caroline said her project to raise awareness of heart disease was a result of her own health battle. She was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot which required corrective surgery when she was two weeks old.

"Since I have heart disease, I have a passion for the cause," she said at the time. "With more awareness, we can save so many more lives."

Caroline planned her concert to raise funds for CPR training kits as part of her Girl Scout Gold Project.

She will receive her Girl Scout Gold Award on April 17 for raising awareness and educating her high school community about the importance of heart disease as an issue in the United States.

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