In 2003, when I was ten years old, I was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer found on the bone or soft tissue. Contrary to popular belief, this diagnosis turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. In many ways, it helped me construct my moral principles and values.
Since entering remission, the devotion I developed into helping made me yearn for the privilege to be a philanthropist. I realized that my time and effort to bequeath has become more of a personal obligation rather than an act of self-fulfillment.
I started Checkmate,Cancer ! in 2013 as a small effort to raise enough money for my team to participate in the Pediatric Cancer Foundation’s Walkathon. A small fundraising initiative turned into over $100K in donations since 2013. We focus our time on providing individual patients with everything that they need: from financial support to recreational activities for emotional support. While funding research is pivotal in the fight against cancer – individual patient care, especially for underprivileged families, is just as important.
Perhaps I will not change the world. But I am eager to change A world. A world of an individual, a world of a family, or a world of a community. The latter represents the crux of the moral foundation that cancer built for me.