April: Teagan Stedman
When Teagan Stedman was 8-years-old, he learned that the brother of a school friend was suffering from cancer. Looking for a way to raise awareness and funds to support kids with cancer, Stedman was inspired to create Shred Kids' Cancer , an initiative that brought kids together, through music, to help young people struggling with the disease.
The first event Stedman organized was "Shredfest", a benefit concert where kid bands came together to play music and support their peers who have cancer. Stedman performed with his band and 10 other youth bands that evening. Nearly two years later, Shred Kids' Cancer became an official youth-led non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference for children who battle this illness every day.
Since its founding, Shred Kids' Cancer has grown and now holds many fundraisers through events and school clubs to promote awareness about pediatric cancer research. Its main fundraiser is "Shredfest", which is held in the spring and invites kids to help fight cancer with a battle of kid bands. The organization also holds a 5K/10K event called "Rock the Run" in the fall. Each year, they select a "shredhead" (a child battling cancer) as the face of the organization.
With Stedman's leadership, Shred Kids' Cancer has raised over $165,000 and provided grants to Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles to be used for pediatric cancer research. Over the last six years, the charity has funded over seven clinical trials, giving doctors in the Los Angeles area the opportunity to test potentially life-saving drugs.
Stedman is currently an 8th grader at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles where he plays lacrosse and runs cross country. Outside of school, Stedman plays guitar, writes songs, records and performs original music with his rock band, Clockwork City.
Check out our exclusive interview with Teagan here!