MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Figure skating couldn’t be a better hobby for 11-year-old Julia, who has viral asthma.
“The cold helps with my lungs,” she says. “It allows me to breathe better.”READ MORE: Minnesota House Approves Recreational Marijuana Bill, The First-Ever Vote Of Its Kind In The State
Most of the time, Julia is chasing her dream of skating in the Olympics. Every once in a while, however, her condition lands her back at Children’s Minnesota.
One time after a short stay, she left the hospital thinking of those she left behind.
“So when I was 7, I started fundraising for them,” she said.READ MORE: Why Is The Walleye Minnesota's Most Popular Fish?
Since then, every year Julia hosts a run and walk, then picks a different part of the hospital to help with the donations.
This year, the money went to a Children’s Hospital favorite — Star Studio, the hospital’s own TV channel.
“For Star Studio, I raised $10,000,” Julia said.MORE NEWS: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Talks About His Decision To Leave: 'I Did It Out Of Principle'
Next year, Julia plans to donate her money to help build a new ambulance.