Local teen raises almost R100 000 for cancer patient

2016-10-05 06:00
Jordan van Eeden (left) hands a cheque for R94 500 over to cancer patient, Jason Sherman. Photo: SUPPLIED

Jordan van Eeden (left) hands a cheque for R94 500 over to cancer patient, Jason Sherman. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A LOCAL teen (16) who read a report in PE Express about the struggles of a boy his own age and his family due to cancer, decided not to sit back, but to do something to help the family.

In the process Jordan van Eeden, a learner at Harvest Christian School, has managed to raise almost R100 000 for Jason Sherman (16) who has been battling osteosarcoma (bone cancer) since 2011.

Jason has relapsed several times and despite numerous operations to remove tumours, Jason still continues his battle with cancer, plunging his family deep into financial debt.

After reading an article on Jason that was published in the PE Express on June 8, 2016, Jordan became inspired to start a fundraiser for Jason and his original plan was to raise R16 000. Being that they are the same age, Jordan immediately identified with Jason.

Jordan started his campaign when he got permission from his principal, Sean Moore, to speak at other schools to raise awareness for the fundraiser.

He has been hosted at several schools around Port Elizabeth, and even had the chance to speak on Radio Kingfisher.

Though Jordan is grateful to everyone who contributed to his cause, he is especially thankful to Collegiate and Victoria Park High Schools, as well as certain individuals from Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg.

Jordan said that the most moving moment of the campaign happened at Harvest Christian School, when a Grade 7 learner gave R50 and apologised for the fact that it was all she had.

“The selfless sacrifice of that child became such a statement for what this thing has been all about,” said Jordan.

Jordan visited Jason several times and was always humbled by the experience, saying that in spite of everything Jason is going through, his spirit and love for life are a huge example of what it means to truly live.

“Jason is sick but he makes me feel better,” Jordan said.

For most people, raising any amount of money at the age of 16 is a challenge. However, instead of raising R16 000 as planned, Jordan ended up raising R94 500 for Jason’s family. He handed the oversized cheque to the Sherman family on the evening of September 28, after Jason was admitted to the hospital again.

“There is so much good in this world,” Jordan said, “and it all begins in the hearts of individual people who choose to give of themselves.”

Jordan does not plan on stopping his campaign yet, though. He will continue to raise funds for Jason’s family and asks the community to aid him in his cause. Should anyone wish to make a donation to the campaign, contact Yvette on 072 194 6294.

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