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CHANGEmaker: Colleen Ballinger

A talented performer with over 4.8 million subscribers on YouTube and her own show Haters Back Off renewed for a second season on Netflix, Colleen Ballinger (aka Miranda Sings) is also quite the charitable person.

In 2015 Colleen started a GoFundMe to raise money to fight childhood cancer and raised over $40,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She created another GoFundMe in 2016 for her birthday with the same goal: raise money and awareness to fight childhood cancer.

Colleen did a livestream on her YouTube channel to talk to her fans directly about donating. she spoke to a young fan, Natalie, who’s story about her battle with cancer inspired her.

Colleen gave away merchandise, props from her YouTube videos, old clothes of hers, and even scripts from Haters Back Off to those who donated any amount of money. She’s raised over $41,000 in 2016, and it is all going directly to families in need.

If the past 2 years are any indication, Colleen just might have another GoFundMe for her birthday this year!





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