Stranger’s plight sparks mammoth effort – and new friendship
A Port Elizabeth teenager has raised close to R100 000 for a boy stricken with cancer who he had never met, after reading a heartwrenching article in a newspaper about his struggle.
The article sparked an idea for Jordan van Eeden to launch a fund-raising campaign for Jason Sherman.
With both boys aged 16, Jordan decided to set his target at R16 000.
But after reaching his goal he just carried on – and ended with a total of R94 500 earlier this week.
The Grade 10 Harvest Christian School pupil took it upon himself to visit various schools in the Bay asking for donations to his cause.
He also appealed to the public on a radio station for donations, and to create awareness about Jason’s situation.
“I immediately identified with Jason as he was also 16. His story touched my heart and I knew I had to do something,” Jordan said.
“I think Jason’s life story and his courage not to give up and to live as normal a life as possible have inspired many young people in the city.”
The teenager, who was first diagnosed with ostosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2011, was more than grateful for the kindness and selflessness Jordan had shown.
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