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JULIAN, N.C. -- Sydney White, 14, can flat cut a rug, loves her phone and friends, but her overwhelming interest is hardly what springs to mind when you think of a typical teen.

"It's one of the best feelings in the world," said White, a student at Southeast Guilford High School, who has raised nearly $40,000 for Victory Junction in the past seven years.

Her philanthropy began at the ripe old age of 7 after her beloved "Paw Paw" Mikey died suddenly of a car wreck.

"He was my best friend and he was really into NASCAR and that's what Victory Junction is all about," said White. "I just wanted him to be able to look down on me and be proud of me."

Victory Junction is a camp in Randleman, founded by the Petty family, for kids who are battling disease and disabilities. That first year, when she was seven, White gave all of her birthday money to the charity.

That was only the beginning.

"Softball tournaments, golf tournaments, the first year she even sold rocks to raise money for us," said Victory Junction's Alison Hedrick. "She has done amazing things for this camp."

"I just think if other teens want to do something but don't think they can, to just try. You just have to have spark some ideas, get people inspired and interested," said White.

Her next charity event is coming up on Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. at Alamance Community Ball Park. To register, email sydsmommy@live.com. All proceeds will go directly to Victory Junction camp.