Inspirational 10-year-old's donation to the MCW Cancer Center
10-year-old Jacob Sharp, pictured here with his grandmother, Pat Sharp, presents Cancer Center Director Ming You, MD, PhD, with a check for cancer research.
March 19, 2014 College News - Jacob Sharp is not your ordinary 10-year-old boy. Not only does this Cub Scout give his extra birthday money to help other kids in need, but on Friday, Feb. 28, Jacob and his family arrived at the MCW Cancer Center with a check to support cancer research. “To remember my grandpa, I wanted to do something to make a difference and help other people facing cancer,” said Jacob.
When asked how he raised the money for his gift to the Cancer Center, Jacob replied, “We worked really hard selling raffle tickets, and this year we sold over $330. Last year it was only $80.”
Jacob decided to donate the raffle proceeds to the Cancer Center in memory of Jacob’s grandfather, who lost his three-year battle with cancer in 2013, and to recognize the father of a classmate and fellow Scout, who is now in remission from cancer. Jacob’s dad and den leader Jim Sharp, called the Cancer Center and arranged for Jacob to make the donation.
Ming You, MD, PhD, the Director of the MCW Cancer Center, encouraged Jacob’s dedication to cancer research. “This is an amazing thing you’ve done. Keep up the hard work! The next time we see Jacob he may be working at MCW as a famous cancer researcher, or maybe even winning the Nobel Prize.” Dr. You met with Jacob, his grandmother, parents, siblings, and other family members to accept the gift and thank Jacob for his care and commitment.
We extend a warm thank you to Jacob, the Sharp Family, and St. Matthias Cub Scout Pack 592 for your support of the MCW Cancer Center and cancer research.