Volunteer spirit: 17 year old runs nonprofit organization to benefit sick teens

WEST KNOX COUNTY, Tenn (WVLT) -- She runs track, is is a member of student government, often babysits the younger siblings, works a part time job, but find the time to run a non profit agency.

She's only 17 and a senior at Hardin Valley Academy, making plans for her future.

But, Xrista Christopoulos puts a lot of heart and soul and volunteer spirit into PROHOPE, an organization she started in 2010 after being around cancer patients as a volunteer at East Tennessee Children's Hospital.

So far she and help from her student government peers have redesigned the rooms of four teens who have terminal illnesses.

The next room make-over is planned for Spring.

Xrista plans to go to school in Boston for a year, hoping her younger sister will oversee PROHOPE while she is studying up north.

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