Elijah Maltbie is raising money to assist other children who have cancer
By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
Elijah Maltbie is much like a typical 10-year old. He enjoys video games, skateboarding, riding his bicycle, reading and playing with his dog and adopted cats.
But, unlike the average kid his age, he was born with a brain tumor and has spent countless hours in hospitals dealing with the after effects of chemotherapy.
He’s in remission, and doesn’t remember the cancer that almost took his life, but having come face to face with his own mortality has inspired the 10-year-old to raise money for an organization that helped him and his mom, Ashley, with expenses over the years.
Candlelighters of Brevard will be the recipient of Elijah’s hard work. He has spent the last several months soliciting donations and promoting a sale he will host at his home on March 15 and 16. His goal is to raise $1,000 for the organization, which assists families where a child has received a cancer diagnosis.
He’s collected a garage full of donations, including new candles, jewelry, gift cards, electronics and more. He also plans to sell baked goods and refreshments.
“Elijah seems to have a special desire to help people,” his mom said.
And, he’s quite the go-getter. To promote the sale, he has ridden his bicycle to area businesses to hang flyers and solicit donations. He also approached Rockledge Mayor Tom Price, who he said promised to promote the sale on the city’s website.
“He also said he’s going to try to stop by,” Elijah said.
Not only has Elijah solicited donations, but he emptied his own piggy bank of the $36 he’d saved, and cleaned out his toys and books to include in the sale.
His call to service started with his involvement in the Relay for Life, where he raised more than $500 going door to door in his Rockledge community.
He was also involved in Miracle Run, where he co-hosted the event.
Despite all of his initiative, Elijah remains modest about all he is doing.
“I don’t know. It’s just been hectic. All this preparation and it’s finally happening,” he explained.
But why does he do it? “I guess I’m just thankful that I have a life,” he said.
The sale will be from 8 am to 2 pm March 15 and 16 at 746 White Pine Avenue, in Rockledge. For more information, or to donate to Elijah’s cause, call (321) 4346-8436.