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Conner Haines, 11, Builds Apps For Kids With Cancer To Benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation

Connor Haines

First Posted: 01/25/2012 12:42 pm Updated: 01/25/2012 1:06 pm

After mastering the art of developing game apps, 11-year-old Conner Haines figured out how to commit his skill to helping kids with cancer.

Conner's charity, BElieve, invites children with cancer to submit their game ideas to the budding programmer, who then builds the apps and eventually lands them on iTunes, Escapist Magazine reports. Conner then donates all the profits to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, a nonprofit that grants wishes to children battling life-threatening diseases.

The process comes with just one caveat:

"PLEASE MAKE SURE THE IDEA OF THE GAME IS NOT TOO HARD FOR ME TO DEVELOP," Conner wrote on his site. "I'm only 11 years old thanks."

While Conner may just be starting his career, he studies sales trends and listens to Apple's keynote addresses online to help hone his business skills, BerksMontNews.com reports.

Children, ages 5 to 12, submit their ideas through his design studio, Flip Flop Games, a name he chose both for his distaste for shoes and because his games are going to be "flip flopped so they will all be different," Conner wrote on his site.

The Pennsylvania kid, who has three older siblings and four younger, was particularly inspired to give back to kids stricken with cancer after his older sister Lauren, battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia, according to BerksMontNews.com.

Conner hopes to give back to the hospitals that helped his sister, Hershey Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

"I would like to go and visit the kids in CHOP and Hershey and talk to them about (BElieve)," Conner told BerksMontNews.com


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