The SANDY STRONG project from Jesse Ditmore
I was so inspired by Sandy and Jesse’s story, that I wanted to share it with my listeners. Meet our youngest Local Legend and his legacy in his own words.
Hi, my name is Jesse Ryan Ditmore. Today I am talking about the charity I made called “SANDY STRONG”. I named it Sandy Strong because my Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer on March 16, 2012. That really affected me. I was watching a Colt’s game and someone was wearing a T-shirt that said “Chuck Strong”. I told my Dad I wanted a T-shirt that said “Sandy Strong” on it. So, we went to Big Frog and designed it. 3 weeks later my school was wearing the SANDY STRONG T-shirts. A year later my Mom was cured.
On December 5, 2013 my Mom was diagnosed again with cancr. 2 spots on her Lungs and 2 spots on her Liver. I went to school and shared the news. 6 weeks later my elementary school Seceratary celebrated 9 years cured from Breast Cancer. I wrote her a letter that said “Congrats.I bet it was hard for your family” and I told her about my Mom. Then she wrote back to me. Let’s make a charity. Let’s draw pictures and write cards. So we did and they went to the kids in the Ronold McDonald House, Altzheimers patients, and people in Chemo-therapy. I learned that the happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. It’s like blessings keep coming to my Mom. We stay strong and thankful.
The SANDY STRONG project has been adopted by the Forest Hills School District Elementary Schools.
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