Connie Siskowski is helping young people who have to take care of an ill, disabled or aging family member.
Through her nonprofit, the American Association of Caregiving Youth, Siskowski has provided assistance to more than 550 child caregivers in Palm Beach County, Florida.
CNN asked Siskowski for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
CNN: What was your reaction when you found out that you'd been selected as a top 10 CNN Hero?
Connie Siskowski: It was awesome. I was so excited. We've really been hoping that would happen.
This meaningful opportunity will help us reach even more children and families, and get more support for the kids. ... It means the possibility of raising more awareness and being able to achieve our ultimate goal that no child should have to drop out of school because of caregiving responsibilities.
"Armstrong? They're all hero's, so it's up to charities, to help! You can't have one without the other, and they both require aid sometime!"
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