Elementary School Student Donates “$100,000″ to CKc
Last year, we launched our #NoMoreOptions campaign. CKc’s Education Director Kelly King was featured in the project, where she shared personal insight about the loss of her three-year-old son Nolan to hepatoblastoma, the most common form of liver cancer in children. Kelly and her family’s bravery and openness left an impression on so many people, including a young man named Chase, from Orlando.
Chase’s mom sent us this wonderful letter, and we just had to share it with you, our CKc warriors. Thank you, Chase, for recognizing children fighting cancer need our advocacy. We appreciate all our CKc warriors who help us in big ways, and small ways, to help spread the word about CKc and our mission!
I wanted to share a sweet story with you that shows the impact that Nolan continues to have in our lives, specifically Chase’s.
For math class, Chase’s teacher assigned a project where each child was given a million “imaginary” dollars. They had several things they had to do/buy with the money, including buy a house, a car and save four years of college tuition for a college of their choice. They also had to tithe 10% to their church and also donate to a charity of their choosing. Chase was so excited to go on Zillow to find his house and Carfax for his car. He sat at his laptop building his presentation and didn’t say much to me. And then he came and asked me, “Mom, what’s the name of that cancer charity that had the grant for Nolan? That’s who I’m donating to for my project.”
My heart melted. Unfortunately, it’s imaginary money. But he chose to buy a cheaper house and car so that he could donate $100,000 to Cannonball Kids’ cancer. Additionally, he took a moment during his PowerPoint presentation to tell everyone about what CKc does and why it’s important. And then urged them to give money for real, not just pretend. Many of the students remembered Nolan because they spent the year praying for him last year.
Nolan may have only been here three short years, but his impact is huge. I see it in my son who never had the opportunity to meet him and I see it in his classmates. I feel it in my own life. We will never forget your sweet boy and we will spread awareness about pediatric cancer whenever we can.