Farmington girl with rare kidney disease to be featured on National ABC WE Day Special

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She’s only 8 years old, but Nellie Mainor is already making a big difference in the world.

In October 2016, Nellie was diagnosed with Dense Deposit Disease, a rare disease that affects the kidneys. Despite these challenges, Nellie has been an incredible advocate for giving back, including helping other kids at Primary Children’s Hospital and conducting her own fundraisers. 

With help from her family, Nellie ran a toy drive in which she collected close to 600 toys worth 4,000 dollars that she donated to the hospital. She has also hosted a blood drive for ARUP Blood Services who provides blood to the children’s hospitals in Utah. 

Her latest project will be featured in a national television broadcast called WE Day Special which airs Friday, August 17th  at 6 p.m. on ABC.

It’s a celebration of doing good, honoring youth and families – just like Nellie – from across the country who prove that when they harness their belief, their passion and their energy, they are an unstoppable force for good. 

A portion of the special highlights all of the wonderful acts of kindness Nellie has done in Utah, despite combatting a rare kidney disease. She even shares a  heart-warming moment with Selena Gomez, a recent kidney transplant survivor, as they call upon the thousands of youth in attendance to take action on the causes they are passionate about


YOU have the power to do good! Watch @selenagomez at #WEday on @ABCNetwork August 17 at 8/7c

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The Special features a star-studded lineup of chart-topping performers, iconic celebrities and inspiring young Americans, including Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, Will Ferrell, Whoopi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Cyndi Lauper, JD McCrary, Dr. Phil, Martin Sheen, Lilly Singh, John Stamos, Founders of the #NeverAgain movement and organizers of The March for our Lives Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, and many more. 

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