An 11 Year Old’s Inspiring Journey To Raise $15,000 To Fight Cancer [AUDIO]
The best part of what I do for a living is getting to help the community. Even if in a small way, getting to spread the word about charities and benefits is very rewarding.
However, I doubt there is something I like more about being a radio announcer in Buffalo than the ability to help people on an individual scale. When I met AJ Walczak and his mom Lisa Gainey and heard their story, I couldn’t wait to help them with their fight against cancer.
I spoke with AJ and Lisa on the show on Thursday. Although Lisa has been through so much physically and emotionally, her spirit and AJ’s dedication are nothing short of inspiring.
I was sent this letter from the staff at Roswell prior to meeting AJ and Lisa…
At age 11, AJ Walczak is already a 3-year veteran of The Ride For Roswell. A few years ago, in the same summer, his grandmother passed away from pancreatic cancer and his mom was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. With the support of his family and friends, and some creative fundraising tactics, AJ became The Ride’s top youth fundraiser in 2013 by raising nearly $10,000!
This year, his goal is to raise $15,000…. he knows that the lifesaving research … will help her and others with cancer. And his mom, Lisa, is an inspiration too – even though she’s lost her hair and some of her physical strength, she’s the backbone of her family and first in line to help Roswell in any way that she can.
I am looking forward to participating in the Ride For Roswell again this year. I hope that you will join us for one of the most inspiring weekends of the year. Please support AJ and help him reach his goal of $15,000 by going to his Facebook page or by logging on to The Ride For Roswell website!