Brainpower Raises Funds for CAF

June 1, 2010 – Aaron Cheng, a teen-ager with thalassemia, has literally used his brainpower to raise more than $1,600 for CAF.

In December, Aaron started his “learn and earn” campaign (click here to read earlier story). He participated this year in the Academic Decathlon, a rigorous scholastic program requiring enormous amounts of hard work as students push themselves to the limit in order to perform well academically. At that time, Aaron set up a personal fund raising page and asked friends, family members and supporters to make donations to CAF as he embarked on this project. To date, Aaron has raised $1,613. (Click here to view Aaron’s personal fund raising page or to make a donation.)

Aaron Cheng (2nd from right) with bronze medal
Aaron Cheng (2nd from right) with bronze medal

Now that the school year is drawing to a close, we asked Aaron for an update on how things have gone. “I’m proud to announce that my school won sixth place out of over five hundred teams in California,” Aaron tells us. “Since California is historically the state that continuously wins the national competition (and which won again this year), we are on par with other national-level teams. At the state competition, I won a bronze medal in the “Science: Chemistry” category and earned the third highest overall score on my team.

“Our topic for next year’s Decathlon will be the Great Depression, and the science category will focus on geology, which will most likely be related to the Dust Bowl. I will continue to participate in next year’s competition.”

CAF congratulates Aaron not only for his initiative in raising funds for thalassemia but for his impressive achievement as part of the Academic Decathlon. We wish him the very best of luck in the coming year!

Comprehensive Care for Thalassemia

Thalassemia requires care in a wide range of areas. Click here to see the recommended Comprehensive Care Checklist and see what’s involved.

Click here to visit Aaron’s personal page and make a donation in support of his efforts!


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