Friday, June 10, 2011

Teenage Dream to "Live Life" Inspires New Jersey Charity Concert and More

Claire Gallo, a high school sophomore in Glenrock, New Jersey, was so inspired by the way a dying boy lived his life that she made a point of getting involved with the organization the boy's family created in his memory. The result of that involvement is this weekend's "Teenage Dream" charity concert benefitting The Christopher Barron Living Life Foundation (Sunday, June 12, Glenrock High School).

This is but one charitable outlet for Gallo, an inspiration herself. According to an interview with a local news site, Gallo also founded a program called "Teen Bridges," through which she helps connect her peers to volunteer programs. Visit that site for more on Teen Bridges, Gallo's thoughts on Christopher Barron and the Live Life Foundation, and on this Sunday's benefit concert.

And be sure to check out the official Live Life site for more about Christopher and the organization that his life and death inspired. One of the things that helped Christopher through his battle with leukemia was a love of comic books and superheroes (just look at the org's logo!) and a desire to be a comic creator himself one day. As a tribute to the boy and to help bring his passion for comics to others, the foundation runs a series of annual comic book writing workshops called "Christopher's Comic Book Inspirations."

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