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Philanthropy often fuels the entrepreneurial spirit in teens

This story appears in the October 2002 issue of Teen Startups.

(YoungBiz.com) -- Anyone who witnessed the outpouring of kindness and support heaped on New Yorkers after September 11 can tell you that tragedy often brings out the best in people. Tara Lawrence, 20, of New Jersey, is no exception to this rule, and it was a loss in her family that sparked an international campaign.

"In 1992, I lost my grandfather to prostate cancer. I was very close to my 'Pa' and missed him very much," Lawrence says. "I felt that something good needed to come from something so sad, so I began volunteering with the American Cancer Society.

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