Sari Stone hasn’t even started high school and she’s already making a huge impact. After losing her grandmother Miriam to colon cancer, Sari knew she wanted to honor her legacy. So, for her bat mitzvah, she set up a philanthropic fund where people could contribute. Instead of keeping the more than $6,000 she raised, Sari decided to donate to us here at the Colon Cancer Alliance!
We got a chance to speak with Sari and learn why raising colon cancer awareness is so important to her.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm 14 years old and will be starting high school in the fall. I also love to play piano, among other things!
What made you want to get involved in the fight against colon cancer?
I became involved in the fight against colon cancer when my grandma was diagnosed three years ago. Unfortunately, she passed away this year.
How did you get the idea to set up the Sari Noa Stone Philanthropic Fund?
Most kids do a mitzvah project and help out a charity or organization for their bar or bat mitzvah. My dad informed me that philanthropic funds can be set up through The Jewish United Fund; instead of gifts, people could donate to the philanthropic fund and we could give to many organizations—not just one.
After my grandma passed away, we asked people to donate to my fund to honor her in some way. We decided donating to the Colon Cancer Alliance was the best way to honor her.
What made you want to support the Colon Cancer Alliance?
I wanted to support the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness. Many people don’t know about colon cancer, or they know more about other types of cancer. The more awareness we raise, the better our chances of finding a cure.
What would you like people to know about colon cancer?
I would like people to know that colon cancer is serious, but you can help prevent it by getting screened.
We’d like to thank Sari and her family for their generous donation!
Don’t forget, the Colon Cancer Alliance serves as a source of information about colon health. If you have additional questions about colon cancer screening or are in need of support, please contact our free Helpline at (877) 422-2030. We’re here to help.