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A Young Girl's Gift of Music for Patients

April 26, 2010
MaryMargaret O'Neill

MaryMargaret O'Neill surrounded by part of her delivery.

MaryMargaret O’Neill remembers when she was 6 and in the hospital. “I was scared,” says the now 11-year-old. “So I thought that some music might help other kids in the hospital today and make them feel better.” 

In the last year, she held fundraisers and with the money raised purchased 125 MP3 players which, in the company of her parents, she delivered to Child Life  at Hopkins Children’s last Friday. “She’s just always been a very caring person,” says father Gabe.

To draw attention to the good youngsters do, he helped his daughter put together a website that tells their stories. “Kids are Heroes” was created, says the family on its site, “to help others and cute animals, too!” 

When the 6th grader at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg, Md., isn’t dreaming up new ways to be of service, she might be taking her dog Charlie to visit nursing home residents or planning a new fundraiser. “I’m very busy,” says MaryMargaret.