Stephen Covey writes, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” I fully agree with his statement. Circumstances do not define you, the decisions that you make define who you are. When I was four years old I was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma. It took me more than two years to overcome and finally beat this disease. During that period, I never let cancer define who I am. Once I got off of active treatment I decided to help other kids who are fighting their own battles against this deadly disease.
There were many supporting hands who helped me and my family during the treatment. Their caring attitude and dedication both made an everlasting impression on me. ASK is one such organization working selflessly to support the pediatric cancer patients and their families during and after their treatment. Since the past eight years, I have been working very closely with ASK. I want to follow in their footsteps and do whatever best I can to help the kids fight their battle against this disease.
ASK is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to helping kids and their families undergoing treatment. ASK also runs after-school programs where they help kids who are undergoing the treatment with their studies. I stay involved with most of ASK’s charity events and also volunteer in their after-school activities.
In my elementary school, as part of graduation, all the fifth graders do a Legacy project every year. This project is focused on doing uplifting things for the school like painting murals, building benches, and getting new equipment for the playground. For all these activities a specific fund was allocated, and kids were involved in making it happen. During my fifth grade, I suggested my school principal to do something for ASK as part of the Legacy project. She and other teachers agreed to it, and this initiated a new direction for the Legacy project. We raised one thousand dollars for ASK and from then on the school started reaching out to other similar organizations year after year.