Dakota’s Story



Dakota is a student who likes spending time outdoors, skiing, and competitive ballroom dancing. Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), she is undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado. While Dakota is undergoing treatment for leukemia, she wants to see 100 people be impacted by random acts of kindness.

“I think the best way to make the world a better place is to give people the freedom to do nice things for others. Whether it’s paying for someone’s coffee or even giving a homeless person some change, I hope everyone who joins me will live life to the fullest with kindness and respect for others. And hopefully they’ll see life in a new light.”

Dakota’s Inspiration

“Going through leukemia has taught me that no matter what, things can always be worse, but that there’s always a silver lining. One of the biggest silver linings I’ve found is finding support from everyone around me. I thought if everyone could just have a small glimpse of this kind of support in their own lives it would motivate them to do good and pass it on to others. This is important to me because I think it will be very therapeutic — not only for me, but also for the people that surround me in my everyday life.”

“(Anyone) can do simple acts of random kindness when they are out and about. Whether it be carrying someone’s backpack for them or making someone’s day by complimenting them on their outfit. Simple things like this can spread happiness and motivate others to do the same.”

Helping Elderly WomanHelp Dakota Reach Her Goal

1. Do a random act of kindness: buy a stranger coffee, give up your seat on a full bus, anything to brighten someone’s day.

2. Log your story on Dakota’s Branch for other Community members to see: What did you do? How did the person react? How did it make you feel?

3. Spread the word. Invite others to join you so they can help Dakota reach her goal.

Learn more about Making A DifferenceSmiling cancer girl using laptop

Dakota is part of Topplers Making A Difference, for young people with life-altering illnesses or conditions. Find out more about Making A Difference and how you can get involved.