No one is too small to make a difference.
In today’s digitalized world, it is getting harder to become “real” friends with anyone. Most everyday friendships turn into social media connections and feel more like exchange systems.
Friends and family are such an important part of our lives as they are most often our first line of defense if something bad ever happens. We would also do the same for them. As social creatures, we are all dependant on each other. Even the ones that refuse to be social have people that care about them, whether they like it or not.
Last year, Jasper Mazzocco was sadly diagnosed with a rare type of brain cancer. His condition quickly worsened, and he was not able to keep attending school. Mazzocco was hospitalized and was spending his days without his friends.
He always kept thinking about them, and as it turns out, his friends never stopped thinking about him either. A mother from Mazzocco’s pre-school commented “The kiddos… miss and talk about him every day.”
The kiddos also didn’t want to just wait around without doing something to help out their friend. Their first idea was to open a lemonade stand but as the weather was getting colder, the moms convinced them to open a hot cocoa stand instead.
The local Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Starbucks were also involved in the fundraising project. Thanks to everyone involved, the kids managed to raise a total of $10.000.
The 4 years old’s family was rightfully heart-melted by this gesture, they recently came forward to CNN to post an update on their son’s situation. The mom, Shelby, told the reporters that Mazzocco had his surgery, and if everything goes just like the doctors hope, he would be starting his treatment in the following week.
But you know preschoolers, telling them something is fine or done never works! They have to make sure that it is. Apparently, they have also been calling their friend in the hospital to check-in and they also had a singing session on the phone before his surgery.
Such a heart-warming story, could you imagine the same scenario without the friends? There is no way to calculate the morale boost they have been providing but it can certainly be said that they are making a difference.
Gestures like this one are quite important to why we are humans. Also earlier this week, Avi Gupta, a teenager from Oregon donated $10.000 to OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute.
You may know the teenager from the “Jeopardy!” game show from a while back. He was crowned as the 2019 Teen Tournament Champion. After he found out about Alex Trebek, the host, stage 4 pancreatic cancer, he just had the urge to do something in his honor.
These urges to do something, they turn ordinary humans into heroes to those in need.