Children Stand Out on Disney Channel’s ‘Make Your Mark’

“Make Your Mark” showcases inspirational kids’ stories.

ByABC NEWS
September 09, 2014, 10:02 AM

— -- “Make Your Mark,” an Emmy award-winning series featuring the uplifting and inspirational stories of individual children, will air on the Disney Channel starting on Friday.

The series is designed to reach appeal to children between the ages of 6 and 14 through a variety of empowering stories, the Disney Channel said in a statement today.

The 2014 edition of the program will highlight the efforts of seven children from all over the country, including a 16-year-old aspiring physician who devised a treatment for hiccups that occur as a side effect of cancer treatment and 12-year-old refugee from Iraq who helps others refugee children assimilate into American society.

Here more about the children and their stories:

Dylan Brady, 15: Dylan hails from Sea Cliff, N.Y. He was diagnosed with Tourette syndrome when he was 12 years old. Now, as a youth ambassador for the Tourette Syndrome Association, he helps raise awareness about the syndrome and speaks at student assemblies to urge acceptance and tolerance.

Mallory Kievman, 16: Mallory is an aspiring physician and an inventor who devised a proprietary recipe for a lollipop that can affect the nerves that are believed to cause hiccups. The Manchester, Conn., girl wants to help cancer patients who suffer hiccups as a side effect of their treatment.

Judy Adams, 15: Judy started Dimes for Downs to raise funds to help grant wishes for others with Down syndrome. Her organization now has 10 branches across the U.S. Judy is from New Paltz, N.Y.

Cameron Cohen, 16: Cameron spent nine months recovering from surgery to remove a tumor. During that time he taught himself a computer programming language and developed iSketch, a popular app that allows users to draw and share pictures from smartphones and tablets. The Los Angeles teen donated the earnings from the app to the buy electronics for other young patients who’ll have extended stays the hospital.

Osama Addulazeez, 12: Osama helps other refugee children assimilate to life in America through soccer and education. A refugee from Iraq, Osama now lives in San Diego. He spreads awareness about refugee issues and challenges.

Alana Smith, age 13: As one of the few girls in a male-dominated sport, the Mesa, Ariz., girl started skateboarding when she was 7 and has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest medalist in X-Games history.

Joshua, 13: Joshua founded Joshua’s Heart six years ago to help needy families in his Miami community. His goals include informing his peers about hunger awareness and motivating them to find a solution.

The entire series of 25 stories was made available on WATCH Disney Channel today. They’ll also be scheduled on DisneyChannel.com and Disney Channel’s YouTube channel, the release said.

Editor's note: Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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