Target: Jesse Kaufman, 13-year-old boy
Goal: Praise a young boy for donating $5,000 of his own money to a classmate diagnosed with brain cancer
Recently, a 13-year-old boy in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, made a generous donation of $5,000 to aid a fellow classmate who was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. Donating such large amounts of money to non-family members is quite rare, especially by individuals at such a young age.
Thirteen-year-old Jesse Kaufman heard about Jasmine Boden’s illness through a local news article. At the tender age of nine, Jasmine was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer called Chordoma. After Jesse read about Jasmine’s case, he donated the $20 that he had to Jasmine and wrote her a letter. A year later, they ended up together in the same class in the fifth grade, and quickly became friends.
For his Bar Mitzvah, Jesse received $5,000 and instead of spending it on personal expenses, such as video games and movies, Jesse decided to donate all of it to Jasmine. The donation will go toward a variety of Jasmine’s medical expenses, including the cost of traveling to a hospital for treatment.
Even after making his generous donation to Jasmine, Jesse is not stopping his charitable efforts for Jasmine. Jesse is currently working to raise more money to fund Jasmine’s treatments, and he hopes to make another $5,000 donation.
By signing the petition below, you are praising Jesse Kaufman for his selfless act of kindness of donating $5,000 of his own money to help a classmate who has brain cancer. Such acts of kindness, especially by a 13-year-old, are quite an inspiration for all.
Dear Jesse Kaufman,
Hearing about the large donation that you made to your fellow classmate, Jasmine, for her cancer treatment, was quite remarkable. Children at your age, and even most adults, would usually not think to make such a selfless decision to donate a large amount of money to help a non-family member in need. I am sure that your parents are very proud to have a wonderful son like you. You have shown that you do not have to be an adult to make such selfless and mature decisions, such as donating thousands of dollars to someone in need.
Thank you again for the generous donation you made to aid Jasmine with her medical expenses, and for continuing with the fundraising. I am sure that your donation will make a large difference in Jasmine’s cause, and I hope that she will have a speedy and successful recovery.
[Your Name Here]
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