Chicago Stories: Owen Hill

- Sometimes we see age as an obstacle or an excuse: too old for this, too young for that.

Well, this week on Chicago Stories, you’ll meet a kid from Round Lake with no excuses, who is willing to break down all the obstacles on his mission to help kids with cancer.

At 7 years old, Owen Hill went to his first St. Baldrick’s event with his mom. He was curious about why everyone was shaving their heads.

So, his mom explained.

"That all of these people had raised money to put an end to childhood cancer," she said.

Owen immediately wanted to take part.

"He just asked, I want to shave my head," mom said.

Owen added, "My mom paid 20 bucks that day so I could shave my head.”

That 20 bucks, and a bald head, lit a fire in little Owen.  

"He was beyond thrilled that he could tell people he played a part in helping sick kids, and that next year he was going to do more," mom said.

"The next year I wanted to hold my own event," Owen said.

And so it began.

The next year, Owen set a fundraising goal.

"He thought about it, and he said, $12 dollars," Owen said.

But 12 quickly turned to 50, and year after year, Owen’s hair grew and so did his goal.

At Owen’s latest St. Baldrick’s event, his goal was $11,000 dollars. 

"It’s a thousand dollars for every healthy year I’m alive," Owen said.

But like his shirt says, Owen dreams big. 

"45,000 dollars,” Owen said.

FOX 32: So in 5 years, you want to be at 45 thousand dollars?

“Yes," he responded.

And based on what Owen’s done so far, it would be foolish to doubt he won't reach $45,000 dollars someday.

"If you can do this much at 12, 11, 7, I can't imagine what he can do when he has more resources and experience,” mom said.

His parents support their son, but ultimately, it's Owen’s show. He’s learned a lot along the way, like the most difficult thing about fund raising.

"Is getting people to donate money,” Owen said.

He’s also got great advice for other kids who may feel too young to make a difference.

"Maybe get out and work up some money to give to a doctor so they can help end the sickness so everyone can have fun," he said.

So far, Owen has raised about $8,000 dollars for St. Baldrick’s.

If you would like to help Owen reach his goal, check out his team page at:

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