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Date:8/13/2008

and mobilized volunteers locally to dedicate time, money and resources to local citizens facing disease and other challenges. One of the foundation's first initiatives was a visit to The Reformed Presbyterian Home, a local assisted living residence to deliver holiday gifts.

In addition to her volunteer efforts locally, Alexis has been interviewing celebrities and community leaders for a book she's writing entitled, "Dream Big." She will use the book sales as her first fundraiser for her medical center. Thus far, she's secured interviews from Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, Governor Edward Rendell and former Miss America Erica Dunlap, among others. She is currently seeking an interview with The Jonas Brothers for the publication.

"I've been so grateful to all of the people who have let me interview them," said Alexis. "We've talked about everything from overcoming illnesses to the importance of persistence and determination when facing a really big challenge."

In addition to inspiring members of the community and other kids her age, she's also been a great example for her siblings, Summerlee and Loren. Both of her younger sisters often volunteer with Alexis and her foundation.

"We're extremely proud of Alexis," said her father, Douglas Allen. "She has a huge heart and loads of ambition and there's no doubt in my mind that she will continue to help and inspire a great number of people in her lifetime."

To learn more about The Blue Lion Foundation, and to enter the contest to win the Jonas Brothers tickets, visit www.bluelionfoundation.org. To schedule an interview with Alexis Allen, contact Ty Mays at (770) 256-8710.

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