jake and dick 2During my mission to find a cure for pediatric cancer, I recently hosted a fundraiser where I raised $10,210. I hosted a 22 inning baseball game at my high school, the Inspiration Academy. I made the game 22 innings because the V Foundation has been established since 1993, which is 22 years. To raise money, I made each kid fill out a pledge form where they would donate a certain amount of money for every inning played. I also had silent auctions around the field where people could make donations. I raised about $5,000 dollars during this fundraiser. The rest of the money I raised was a fundraising page where any one can make a donation. That’s how I raised a little over $10,000.

On May 6, Dick Vitale invited me to his first ever telethon. At the telethon, we raised over $100,000 for pediatric cancer. I also presented him my check for $10,210. Dick and I also talked a lot about how important it is to raise an awareness and raise money for pediatric cancer. However, $10,000 is not enough, but it’s a good start. Every year I will make a bigger and higher goal and I will do more and more fundraisers. No child deserves to fight for their life at such a young age. Young children should be outside running around and playing sports. For every dollar raised for cancer research, only 4% of it is going to pediatrics. Dick and I goes around begging and pleading for money for pediatric cancer. We both do the best we can to try and raise the percentage up for pediatric cancer.