Hello, my name is Ben. I am 13, attend McKinnon Secondary College, like hanging out with my friends, watching classic films – my favourite is No Country for Old Men – and listening to music.
I also had my Bar Mitzvah celebration this year, which is quite an important occasion. It’s traditional for family members and friends attending the ceremony to give gifts, and I ended up receiving a generous amount of money. At first I really couldn’t think of what to do with all of it. Sure, I could have bought some expensive clothes and other stuff which I probably don’t need, but then I got to thinking about one of my favourite musicians, George Harrison, who died of cancer. That’s when I decided to make a donation towards cancer research.
I read somewhere that 8.2 million people die of cancer related deaths each year, and like everyone, I want to see that number at zero. I know that ACRF is funding cancer research and researchers are getting closer every day to finding the cure for many cancers, so my donation will hopefully help make that happen a little faster.
To anyone thinking of fundraising or making a donation to cancer research, I have to say, 100% you should do it. If you can donate to research, you are pretty much closer to helping save people’s lives.