Hello, my name is Alexander Jimenez I am in 8th grade in school. I have always been involved in learning, exploring and making a difference in kid’s organizations such as Boy Scouts of America where I'm pursuing my "Eagle Rank, “ Rotary International by feeding hungry families in the Chicagoland area, and The Chicago Children’s Festival where physical and health programs take place. Over the years I have been selling in block parties, door-to-door selling raffle tickets, and during public events with products and services to raise funds for charitable organizations and develop my entrepreneurship skills, which is one of my passions. Throughout the summer I offer car washes to raise funds and bring awareness about the struggles many children face.
While working with many kids, I couldn't help to notice that while I have been fortunate to pursue my dreams; other kids less fortunate lack the same opportunities as I have, because of their health struggles. I am very grateful that through my skills I may be able to do something, to try to make a small contribution in the lives of some local children.
Although the needs are many, I choose to help with cancer because it's very problematic, painful and deadly. Worldwide, 300,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year (that's one child every 2 minutes). Once I realized this, I decided to take matters into my hands to do something using my entrepreneurship skills and work hard to bring a little joy into the lives of children as they battle this deadly decease. That’s how “Smiles Against Cancer” started over two years ago and thru a partnership with UChicago Medical Comer Children's Hospital, we are making a significant impact. Although my contributions may seem small, my heart is full of joy in acting local, but impacting the future leaders in hope of a better tomorrow.
Our efforts are local, but will impact the future leaders of the world!