Madison West freshman raising money for 7-year-old with leukemia by partnering with local businesses

MADISON, Wis. — Tia Beirne isn’t like most high school freshmen.

She’s trying to raise $30,000.

Beirne, a freshman at Madison West High School, is one of about a dozen area students competing to be one of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Student of the Year.

Her goal is to meet that donation mark by March 6 by doing different events in the community, including a fundraising campaign with more than 30 businesses on Monroe Street, where they are selling buttons. Beirne said all of the proceeds from the buttons go toward the goal.

“I’m like really honored to be a part of it and I love helping out,” Beirne said. “It makes me so happy that other people are also willing to help me because I can definitely not do it alone.”

One of those people helping out is Orange Tree Imports’ Carol ‘Orange’ Schroeder.

“We were so touched when Tia and her team came to us because they were passionate about raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” Schroeder said.

Beirne is looking to help one specific person battling leukemia: 7-year-old Noah Sanger, of Middleton.

Sanger was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4.

Through her ‘Knocking It Out For Noah’ campaign, Beirne is hoping she can prove that Noah doesn’t have to battle alone.

You can help out Tia at her website here.