Hometown Hero: Kristin Martin

GREENUP, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kristin Martin knows a whole lot of people.

But it was the tiny face of a little boy fighting pediatric cancer -- a stranger that changed her life.

His name was Brennan. The story of his fight with neuroblastoma was on Martin's Facebook feed. Little did she know it would change her life.

"I messaged his mom, asked if I could do a Sentsy fundraiser," Martin said. "It raised over $2,000 in like three days."

Since then, Martin hasn't stopped doing fundraisers of all kinds for children and families dealing with cancer or those who have special needs.

Her friends launched a massive letter-writing-campaign to make her the WSAZ Hometown Hero.

Her friend, Valerie Ruark, who is a special needs mom, says even though Martin has three healthy children, she helps in a way that is difficult to explain.

"It feels really good to know that people understand and can relate and want to help you when you need it the most," Ruark said.

"The real heroes to me are the kids and the parents that take care of them, or anybody else that is fighting a disease or a disability of any kind," Martin said.

Though Brennan lost his battle with cancer, his legacy lives on. His mom started a non-profit called Brennan's Buddies -- a group that sends care packages to children and families dealing with pediatric cancer.

It came full circle when a little girl who Martin helped, a family friend named Daisy, received a package from Brennan's Buddies.

"One of my friend's little girls gets sick and she gets a care package from that little boy," Martin said. "You know, I just, there is no question that I need to keep doing what I am doing. You just give til it hurts. I think that is what God would want us to do is just keep giving."

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