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Style · March 10, 2014

Teen with cancer fighting for herself and the planet

Finley Broaddus established the fund “support local and global efforts that have a positive impact on the environment.”
Wristbands also have raised donations for the Finley’s ‘Green Leap Forward’ Fund.
Finley has always been passionate about the environment, and climate impacts in particular, and this fund will allow her to have impact in the areas she care so much about.
— Lynn Broaddus, her aunt
Even as she battles a rare form of liver cancer, the Broad Run teenager wants to help protect the environment.

Highland School senior Elizabeth Finley Broaddus recently created Finley’s ‘Green Leap Forward Fund’ to “support local and global efforts that have a positive impact on the environment, moving us forward towards a healthy, sustainable planet.”

For her 18th birthday on Wednesday, March 12, friends and family members seek to raise at least $18,000 for the fund, set up at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation.

“We all share a human need to feel purposeful, and this is allowing Finley to know that she has purpose even when she’s stuck in the hospital,” said Lynn Broaddus, an aunt spearheading the campaign. “Finley has always been passionate about the environment, and climate impacts in particular, and this fund will allow her to have impact in the areas she care so much about.”

Dr. Broaddus added: “Finley graces our lives with her caring and courage, and now is our time to show her how many people out here are rooting for her and the causes she champions. Her 18th birthday is just around the corner, but instead of planning parties and registering to vote, she's in the hospital, focused on fighting the cholangiocarcinoma that has unfairly taken up residence.

“Please, join us by making a contribution to Finley’s ‘Green Leap Forward’ Fund at the Northern Piedmont Community Foundation on or before March 12th.”

To maximize the number of donations her two grandmother’s have created the “Grandma Match.” For every additional 18 donors they will put in another $250.

Finley was accepted early decision into William and Mary’s Class of 2018. At Christmas, she was diagnosed with the rare cancer that originates in the bile ducts. She is being treated at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, where she has been an inpatient since Feb. 2.

Julie and Ike Broaddus are her parents.

With the support of family friend David M. Roos and Highland School families, more than $950 has been donated to the fund through the sale of green “Finley’s Fight” wristbands.

The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation accepts donations to “Finley’s Fund” online or by check.

To donate online, visit and click on “Donate Now” on the top right corner of the screen; designate your gift for “Finley’s Fund” to help ensure proper processing and acknowledgement.

Checks — with Finley’s Fund on the memo line — may be mailed to: Northern Piedmont Community Foundation, P.O. Box 182, Warrenton, Va. 20188.

For more information, call 540-349-0631.
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Quin · March 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Well I knew I had an uncle Finley but now I know I have a young niece or cousin or something named Finley. I appreciate so much what you are doing and wish you all the best.

Quin Wilson, Healdsburg CA
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