New York teen raises $300,000 for Dad who knows cancer

We love stories like this! New Yorker Alison Wasserman, 13, made headlines after she raised more than $300,000 for brain cancer research. Her father, Craig, was diagnosed with brain cancer about two years ago, couldn’t be prouder.

“I’m so proud of Ali,” he said.

Wasserman had her bat mitzvah this year, and in order to fulfill her “mitzvah,” or good deed, requirement, she collaborated with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Equinox Fitness to hold a fundraiser she called “Kids for Survival.” The January event netted $303, 250 – all of which was donated directly to Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Contributors donated anywhere from $30 to $18,000!

What has Wasserman learned from watching her beloved dad battle cancer? “He never complains,” she told the New York Post. “He’s always had a positive attitude. He’s taught me to always be resilient and never give up.”

Following her philanthropic efforts, Wasserman was nominated for a New York Post Liberty Medal by a family friend. The ‘Young Heart Medal’ is awarded to a young person under seventeen years of age who “most impressively displayed adult resolve” for actions that “display moral character or mature judgment.”

Thousands of parents nationwide struggle with cancer and it’s no doubt that their children also bear the burden of this disease. A great resource for newly-diagnosed parents who know cancer is the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Family Connections website, where parents can find information ranging from how to tell children about a cancer diagnosis to recognizing signs of stress in a child coping with a parent’s cancer journey.


New York Post

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Family Connections

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