(Nominated by Chellie McIntyre-Brewer)
Frederick Community College Field House
June 18, 2011
Cavan, at the age of nine, devotes his heart to helping the homeless, orphans, Veterans, and children with special needs. He was touched by the impact of the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) and became interested in supporting their cause when his sister was born in 2005 missing half her heart and required numerous procedures. He gave up his Christmas presents to the RMH in Hershey and has since collected over 30,000 pop tabs. He advocates for Spencer’s Fund, which helps provide financial support to families undergoing pediatric cardiac hospitalizations. His works with the Sunflower Project providing a bag of life’s necessities to children aging out of the orphan care system and raises money for adoption for children with acute special needs. His work with special needs orphans led to his declaring JiaQun his “little brother” who later joined the McIntyre-Brewer family. Cavan also devotes the two Saturdays of the month to feeding, clothing, and entertaining the homeless. Some of his favorites are the Vets and he has since created Socks for Vets, collecting over 4000 pairs of socks after visiting a North Carolina Veterans Home on a Cub Scout trip. He also has assisted in making over 1,000 care packages to Service Members deployed in the Middle East. Cavan’s work is important to him and he makes a huge impact in, not only the local community, but for children around the world. His work stands out, not only for its volume, but because he took his life’s challenges and turned them into a strong, meaningful resource for countless people.