Everyone knows that the Disney mouse has ears, but now eleven-year-old Hannah Schorr wants to see if he’s got a heart, too. The precocious South Florida native on Monday launched a campaign to land herself a role on Disney XD’s martial arts-oriented hit show, “Kickin’ It”, to help raise awareness for pediatric kidney diseases.
Schorr, who had one of her kidneys removed when she was four years old because of stenosis of the right renal artery, has always wanted to take up karate but was told by her doctor to kick that idea right out of her head.
“He said I need to protect my remaining kidney, and that subjecting it to repeated karate kicks was not the best way to do it,” said Schorr, who put an ebullient ‘kid’ in kidney. “When I first saw “Kickin’ It” I fell in love with martial arts. And, um, with the show’s handsome star, Leo Howard.”
Now Schorr is hoping to get her kicks by securing a guest spot on a “Kickin’ It” episode that somehow explores the potential dangers of martial arts if not practiced under the supervision of trained professionals.
On Monday, Sept. 16 Schorr donned her gi, grabbed her “Help Get Me On ‘Kickin’ It” petition and made the rounds in her Hollywood, Florida neighborhood to get signatures. It’s the same neighborhood where former TV teen sensation Victoria Justice (who rose to fame as the star of “Victorious” on Nickelodeon) was born and raised.
“After I go around Hollywood I’m going to expand my Disney efforts to the entire state of Florida, going to professional football, baseball and hockey games to get signatures,” said the won’t-be-denied pre-teen. “I may not be able to participate in karate, but I can get out there and kick some butt when it comes to defeating kidney disease.”
Hannah’s mother Margaret Schorr isn’t surprised by her daughter’s tenacious drive to get what she wants. And she’s supporting Hannah 100 percent.
“Hannah wants to make a difference … she wants to help kids with kidney disease. Hannah is still on anti-hypertensive drugs, but there are thousands of kids out there on dialysis and waiting for kidney transplants,” said Margaret Schorr. “It is those kids Hannah wants to help. I’m so proud of her.”
When contacted about Hannah’s unorthodox casting methods, Disney XD declined comment.
Hannah may or may not get cast for an episode of Disney’s “Kickin’ It” and may never enroll in a martial arts class, but one thing’s for sure: She knows what’s worth fighting for and she won’t back down from the fight.
For more information on kidney disease and renal research, visit http://www.kidney.org/