by Alan Hodge



Stormy weather wouldn’t deter 10-year-old Madison Cannon, of Cornelius, earlier this month when rain encroached on her bake sale fundraiser to help the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue organization.

Several people turned up to buy cakes, cookies and sweets from the pint-sized philanthropist. Things went so well at the March 3 event she decided to do it again the next day.

In the end she raised $300 for the boxer rescue organization to help save dogs from abuse and abandonment.

“I love the boxer breed,” Madison said. “Some of them just need a little love.”

This is the second year that Madison, a fourth grade student at Cornelius Elementary, has held a bake sale to benefit an animal rescue group. Last year she raised nearly $100 for the Humane Society of Charlotte. The Hickory-based Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue will use the money Madison raised this year to give medical treatment to dogs in foster care.

“It feels good to help somebody, even dogs,” Madison said. “When you make an animal smile, it makes people smile too.”

Kelly Schmidt, of Huntersville, is a Blue Ridge Boxer volunteer and brought several boxer dogs to the bake sale. One of the dogs, Malia, wore a pink dress for the occasion. Madison’s own boxer, Chloe, was on hand enjoying the other dogs.

“Madison is our poster girl and is a phenomenal young lady,” Schmidt said. “All the volunteers at The Boxer Rescue are literally blown away by her. While most 10-year-olds are worried about Xbox games, she is doing something to help others. She truly has a heart of gold.”

Jennifer Williams-Cannon, Madison’s mom, helped with the bake sale.

“I am very proud of Madison,” she said. “She loves animals and enjoys doing things to help them.”

Madison plans on pursuing her love of helping animals for a long time to come and even plans on making it a career.

“I can see myself doing charity work for animal groups at least until I go to college,” she said. “When I grow up I want to be a veterinarian.”

Since the bake sales have been such a success, Madison has come up with another project to help dogs.

“I was thinking about asking people next Christmas to make donations of things for dogs like little toys,” she said. “Then I could wrap them up and give them to the dogs as presents.”

Schmidt says people like Madison that give her hope for the future of organizations like hers.

“She is the future, our future,” she said. “In speaking for those that cannot speak for themselves.”

Want to help?

For more information on Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue, visit www.blueridgeboxerrescue.com.