When I was 11, I was busy impersonating Tarzan on the school monkey bars. Granted, technology in 2001 wasn’t nearly as accessible or as omnipresent as it is today, but even if it was, I probably still would’ve spent my spare time perfecting Tarzan’s jungle cry.
Unlike me, 11-year-old Conner Haines from Pennsylvania spends his spare time in a much more efficient way. Inspired to give back to kids stricken with cancer (his older sister was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia), Conner decided to put his love for app development to use by launching a charity called BElieve.
The charity invites children aged 5 to 12 with cancer to submit their game ideas to Conner via his website, Flip Flop Game. Conner then spends two to three months developing the game and getting it on iTunes. The kids can choose to release a free or paid version of the game, with all proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish.
As mentioned last Tuesday, nowadays more and more children and young adults are developing apps. However, rarely do we see one as altruistic as Conner. I hope that his BElieve program will grow along with him.
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