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27 Kids Who Matter- Holly and Leslie


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two strangers who never knew they would become such close friends were paired together by Big Brothers Big Sisters and they immediately formed an unbreakable bond.

"From the first time we met we just clicked," big sister Holly says.

You've heard of love at first site, but for Holly and her 11-year-old little sister Leslie, it was sister at first site.

"We just started talking like we'd known each other forever," Holly explains.

Not wasting any time, the pair started going on weekly adventures, from sporting events to carnivals, but out of nowhere, something they didn't expect started to happen.

"I'm learning to speak a little Spanish which I didn't know any and she thinks it's funny but we try to pick up a word every time and then I try to remember it," Holly chuckles, looking over at Leslie.

Coming from two very different cultures, the pair began sharing traditions, special customs, celebrations and especially recipes. Their favorite is Holly's strawberry jam, but their most meaningful tradition started with a blanket.

"For me it was helping her learn a lesson about paying it forward," Holly says.

Eleven years ago Leslie was born with Spina Bifida. She was given a blanket from the nurses at American Family Children's Hospital. Leslie still sleeps with it every night. That's when Holly decided they should make a blanket together and donate it to another baby at the hospital.

"We even made a special little tag for it that said made with love by Leslie and Holly," Holly says.

They plan to make more, but now they're focused on an even newer tradition: getting more people involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters.

"I actually convinced my brother to have one," Leslie says. "I tell my friends and my family and they think it's cool."

The pair spread their message during WKOW's 27 Kids Who Matter telethon for the organization. They shared their story with the community and had a chance to have some fun on the 27 News set.

"We got to pretend like we were on the news," Holly laughs. "We sat the anchor desk and we pretended like we did the weather. That was a lot of fun."

Enough fun to get Leslie thinking about a career in forecasting.

"Yes, we've got a future weather forecaster here," Holly says putting her hand on Leslie's shoulder.

Who knows what the future might hold, college or a career, with the power of their newly found sisterhood the possibilities are endless.

"It's sort of looking a long way down the road, but that's something I think is exciting for her and for me," Holly says.

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