Marisa Camacho is another great example of our kids making a real difference!
She’s a 12 year old in 7th grade from Cherry Hill, New Jersey and wasn’t sure what she wanted to do for her Mitzvah Project. Unfortunately, when her family got the bad news that Marisa’s favorite Aunt had been diagnosed with breast cancer she knew what she needed to do.
Her “Auntie Barb” was diagnosed after her annual mammogram, which she went for every year. The good news is that the cancer was caught early, and the prognosis is very positive. However, these events made Marisa think about how important it is to care about your health and to make sure you get your check-ups. She decided to pick a Mitzvah Project that would benefit either breast cancer research or education, and then found the Maurer Foundation.
Marisa thought about selling cookies for a great cause. So far she has sold 150 pink and white cookies, and has a goal of selling at least 200. She has sold them in her synagogue and to friends, and has received a lot of positive feedback for this project. Many people didn’t know about the Maurer Foundation before buying the cookies, and Marisa has been happy to spread the word. She says that “It’s good to know that I can make a difference in other people’s lives, and make people aware of the support for this terrible disease.”
MM: Does your project have a start and end date, if so what are they?:
MC: I started this project in February 2010 and will be doing it through my Bat Mitzvah, May 29, 2010.
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular project/charity?
MC: My Aunt has breast cancer and I wanted to do something that would help other people like her.
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah?
MC: t means that I am responsible enough to help out someone else with something they need, instead of them helping me out. It makes me feel like I can contribute in a big way in someone’s life and make a difference in their life.
MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project?
MC: My Mitzvah Project is called, “Cookies for a Cause.” I am raising money for breast cancer awareness and education by selling cookies to benefit the Maurer Foundation.
MM: If it involves a donation, what are you doing to spreading the word?
MC: I am talking to all my neighbors, friends, family, and putting up signs at my synagogue.
Click here if you would like to contribute to Marisa’s cookie fundraiser and help a great cause.
If your child is interested in selling cookie to benefit Maurer Foundation, you can get more information by calling 516-535-5370.