Name, Age: Jordana Cohen, 13
Accomplishment: Organizing a Spin-a-Thon to benefit Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Key to Awesomeness: Taking a cue from her mother’s involvement with this very important cause, eighth-grader Jordana Cohen is heading up her very own effort to raise money for kids with cancer.
Her mother Susan has worked since 2003, organizing and participating in a bike-a-thons—collecting enough donations over the years to help fund two oncology rooms at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.
Jordana, 13, has participated in past bike-a-thons and even spearheaded a “TLC” box effort for the pediatric cancer patients at the hospital, said her mother.
“Last year, my daughter started a club at her school where kids raised funds and created over 80 boxes that were given to children who were admitted for treatments—filled with arts and crafts and items to help entertain them during their stay.”
Jordana said that delivering these boxes was a feeling that is very hard for her to describe.
“It just made me so happy to know that I could help a child with cancer and bring a smile to the face of a kid in a hospital who was undergoing treatment.”
This year, the Briarcliff Middle School student decided to get her friends, family and community members to ride at for a “fun and fundraising” event.
On April 14, she is asking people to participate for a cause—along with raffles and prizes—with all proceeds going to Pediatric Cancer Foundation, an organization founded in 1970 whose mission is to find a cure for childhood cancer.
“It feels great to be the organizer and head of the spin-a-thon event,” Jordana said. “I am proud to take this on to help out such a great cause.”
She adds indoor cycling to her other athletic pursuits that include lacrosse, tennis and javelin.
Knowing that pediatric cancer affects 100,000 of kids a year drives the teenager to help raise private donor funds that are greatly needed to fund equipment and research, she said.
“I hope I am able to inspire other children my age to take the initiative to help others and they learn that with hard work you can make a difference.”
Cycle for Pediatric Cancer at SpinSational Fitness Studio: Adults: $20- includes one session and one raffle ticket. Kids: $15 includes one session and one raffle ticket; participants must be at least 4’9". Call 914-502-0614 for more information.