AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- We're just days away from the Dempsey Challenge. The biotechnology group, Amgen is presenting the event, along with an award meant for a cancer survivor with a passion for helping others.

This year's winner is a 12 year old who, in her short time on this earth, has already made a huge difference in the lives of so many others.

On the outside, Hailey Sontag looks like a normal 7th grader, but on the inside, she still has a tumor lingering on her spine. When she was 6 years old she underwent a number of surgeries and chemotherapy treatments to now live a normal life.

While she deals with recurring seizures from the tumor, Hailey spends her spare time giving back to organizations that helped her, like Make a Wish Maine and the Maine Children's Cancer Program.

In the past, Sontag has donated her own toys and books to the wish closet, she organized her own Walk for Wishes team, and according to Make a Wish, since 2008, she's helped raise over 30-thousand dollars for the organization.

Sontag will formally accept the award on Saturday, October 12 at the Champions for Hope Celebration.

To learn more about the Amgen Breakaway from Cancer Survivor Award, click here.

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