By Mike Bush
St. Louis (KSDK) - For more than a week now, we've been watching the best athletes in the world win gold medals at the Olympics.
But here in St. Louis NewsChannel 5 has been honoring our own community gold medalists for "Making a Difference."
Like the young woman you're about to meet.
As a hospital social worker, Aleeza Granote works to help those facing a frightening diagnosis.
"People always ask me, 'How can you work with people with cancer every day?' But to me, I've never looked at it like that, I've looked at what can I do to make a difference, what can I do to lift their spirit," said Granote.
Driven to help outside of her job, Aleeza founded Card Care Connection. She works with card makers, senior groups, and volunteers to collect and distribute handmade cards for cancer patients all across the United States.
To date, Aleeza has collected 1,400 cards for cancer patients.
"A handmade card is personal. There's a lot of love that goes in to putting it together," she said.
And she knows these words of comfort and encouragement go a long way.
"For me it's just been really exciting to be able to make a difference for someone in such a positive way," she said.