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Madelyn McGlynn is a Build-A-Bear Huggable Hero

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  • By Heidi Glaus

    St. Louis (KSDK) - When it comes to amazing groups of people this one ranks pretty high.

    Between the group members, who range in age from nine to 19, more than $1 million has been raised, and they've created all sorts of not-for-profit organizations.

    They are the 2012 Build-A-Bear Workshop Huggable Heroes and among them is Madelyn McGlynn, who with her four sisters in Belleville, started NETwork Against Malaria.

    "It's a national non-profit organization and we raise money to provide malaria bed nets for children and families in Uganda," McGlynn explained.

    It all started when they met Fr. Mujule from Uganda.

    "Like with all of the happy stories about his family he intertwined the stories of sadness about malaria," McGlynn said.

    That night they logged on to learn more about malaria.

    "And we discovered how easy it is to prevent malaria," McGlynn added.

    So they decided to do something about it and started making and selling jewelry. After five years they have raised more than $75,000, have over 30,000 volunteers and have provided more than 11,900 bed nets.

    "Our ultimate goal is to eradicate malaria from the world, so 11,900 bed nets is a huge deal but we have a long way to go," McGlynn pointed out.

    Spoken like a true over-achiever, and just think, it all started when she was only 12.

    For more information on the NETwork Against Malaria, visit their website.


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