A 4-year-old California boy battling brain cancer got help from his preschool classmates, who raised more than $10,000 by operating a cocoa stand to help his cause.
In November, Jasper Mazzocco of Redding was diagnosed with a tennis-ball-sized tumor on his brain, according to news station KRCR in northern California.
Area parents started a GoFundMe page for the boy, where Jasper’s family regularly updates supporters on their ailing son’s ongoing treatment while he was away from school.
On Friday, Jasper’s friends at Redding Cooperative Preschool took matters into their own little hands to serve what they called “Hot Cocoa For a Cure” outside a busy Trader Joe’s store. Once the cash was counted, parents who’d helped operate the stand realized they’d pulled-in a five-figure haul to aid the boy’s recovery.
Jasper’s mother Shelby reported Wednesday on her son’s GoFundMe page that the boy’s latest surgery went well and called the fund-raiser “the most amazing acts of kindness” she’d ever experienced.
“Monday night Jasper had a very special phone call with his Co op family,” She wrote. “He said hello to his ‘teacher-fer-jennifer’ (Jennifer Stephens) and sang his Redding Co-op preschool song with the mommy’s and daddy’s who organized the most amazing acts of kindness I have ever seen. They shared with us that their hot cocoa stand inspired our community to raise over $10,000!Tears were shed and everyone laughed when Jasper told me to stop crying.”
Jasper’s tumor is said to be shrinking, but further chemo treatments are still necessary, his family said. His Go Fund me page has brought in more that $32,000 since Nov. 24. The boy is being treated at UC Davis Medical Center.
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