David Jaslow, 18, of Roslyn, N.Y., a senior at Roslyn High School, co-founded a charity that has raised more than $300,000 over the past four years to find a cure for cancer and ease the burdens of families afflicted by the disease. Davids is one of those families. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001, his uncle died from pancreatic cancer in 2007, and his grandfather has battled gall bladder cancer. I knew I needed to take action to prevent other families from suffering these same tragedies, said David. He began participating in annual fundraising walks to support cancer charities, but soon realized that much of the money raised was going to organizational overhead instead of research and patient care.
So David and his mother formed a charity that delivers donations directly to critical research work and to families struggling with cancer. Their nonprofit organization, Go With Courage, Inc., has hosted a series of fundraisers including Ladies Day Card Parties, holiday shopping events, and Casino Nights, which typically draw 200-300 supporters. David is responsible for almost every aspect of the planning for these events, including selecting locations, creating invitations, promoting attendance through social media and mass email marketing, maintaining guest lists, and selling sponsorships and advertising. He also recruits fellow high school students to solicit raffle prizes and stuff goody bags. In addition, Davids charity has aided cancer-burdened families by conducting toy drives and delivering meals. I have learned through personal experience that life can unexpectedly shatter the innocence you once enjoyed, said David. It is what you do next that defines you. I chose to take a stand.