Caitlyn Lezotte does good deeds near and far.
This magazine is – as our loyal readers know – a hyper-local publication that covers good news in our own backyards. So, when a reader in Oviedo sent us a tip about 12-year-old Caitlyn Lezotte and all the good deeds she does to help others, we jumped at the chance to meet her.
What we found was a great story, but it was borderline... geographically borderline, that is.
Caitlyn, as it turns out, lives just over the Seminole/Orange County line in Orlando. Because we take our hyper-local mission so seriously, that would normally force us to pass on the story. But, as it turns out, the good work Caitlyn does extends so far into our own community, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell you about this wonderful young lady.
In the wake of Hurricane Irma, Caitlyn teamed up with her aunt – Char Friese, a dental assistant at Alafaya Family Dentistry in Oviedo – to organize a supply drive for those affected. She set up a lemonade stand at a Panera Bread in Oviedo to raise money for another heartwarming cause, and she’s planning a fundraising dog wash at Oviedo’s Rock & Brews in the near future.
Basically, when Caitlyn sees a need, she gets involved, in Oviedo and beyond.
A local TV station did a story on her lemonade stand, which Caitlyn set up to raise money for a Gainesville baby in need of a heart transplant. She learned of Baby Beckett’s plight on the news, and Caitlyn raised $9,000 to help.
“I didn’t want the family to worry about money,” Caitlyn says.
Most recently, Caitlyn has been busy making greeting cards for children undergoing treatment for cancer.
Caitlyn’s former principal at Arbor Ridge School in Orlando, Paige Tracy, is a volunteer coordinator at the Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center. Caitlyn regularly brings Paige her homemade cards for young patients there.
And Paige, herself, is a recipient of Caitlyn’s kindness.
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, it impacted her very, very hard,” Paige says of young Caitlyn. “Her hair was very long at the time, and Caitlyn donated it to Locks of Love in my name. When I was going through chemo, she’d put together weekly care packages – with water bottles, soft blankets, crossword puzzles – that she would bring to me in my office.”
Need we say more? When there’s a kid this amazing doing so much good in our area, we just can’t hold her mailing address against her. Way to go, Caitlyn! You make your community – and ours – such a better place to live.
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