Young girl gives back to organization in honor of brother’s memory

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A Central Indiana girl is giving back to the people who helped her family through a difficult time.

Sydney Clements was a preschooler when her brother, Carter, was born on New Year’s Eve in 2005. Carter was born with a condition that obstructed the blood flow around his heart.

The Clements spent a lot of time at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and the Ronald McDonald House, as doctors tried everything they could on Carter, who passed away when he was just 21 days old.

Sydney, who is now a fourth-grader at Whiteland Elementary School, began an initiative to raise money in honor of her brother’s memory.

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana provides a home-away-from-home for the families of seriously ill or injured children being treated in Indianapolis-area hospitals.  One of the ways that mission is funded is through recycling pop tabs.

Now, an entire school is involved in Sydney’s goal of collecting 1 million soda tabs for the foundation by May 10.