Despite battling the chronic illness gastroparesis, 19-year-old Alli Baker is helping spread joy to other children in the form of butterflies.
The 2011 Douglas High School graduate founded the charity Butterflies for Courageous Kids where she makes custom butterflies for children by hand.
"I chose butterflies because they symbolize hope and freedom," Baker said. "I really enjoy that I can make them smile through their sickness. I encourage them to never, ever give up."
Gastroparesis is a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. Baker uses medication to manage the symptoms. …