13-Year-Old Donates $5,000 to Girl With Brain Cancer

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Give a teenager $5,000 and he’ll likely blow it on a new video game or laptop. However, one 13-year-old boy in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, decided to donate the $5,000 he received for his Bar Mitzvah to a much better cause: to help with the medical expenses of a classmate with brain cancer.


Jesse Kaufman and Jasmine Boden. Photo courtesy Liana Kaufman.

Seventh grader Jesse Kaufman first learned of Jasmine Boden’s illness from an article in the local paper. It told the story of how Jasmine was diagnosed with Chordoma, a rare form of brain cancer, when she was only nine. “He thought she was so brave,” Jesse’s mother, Liana Kaufman, tells Yahoo Parenting. “At the time he gave me all the money he had —$20 — to send to her, and he wrote her a letter, too.”

A year later, in fifth grade, Jesse and Jasmine both ended up in the…

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