Ethan Jansen only spent eight years knowing his grandfather, but he cherished every moment with him.
“Like every time we came to his house, the first thing my brother and I would want to do was go drive the tractors with him,” Jansen said.
But the one thing he always knew was that his grandfather was a fighter.
Charlie Jansen battled leukemia with a number of treatments and medications. While Charlie died in 2011 of reasons unrelated to his cancer, he instilled this fight in his grandchildren.
“Raising funds to help find a cure makes me feel like I can actually do something to help people who have had cancer,” Jansen said.
Ethan was appointed this year to take charge of Krogh’s Cure, a group at Scotia-Glenville High School that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, a group that actually provided care for the grandfather of Ethan.
As he takes on this challenge, Ethan says he knows his grandfather watches the work he does to help others.
“I think he would be proud of me because family meant everything to him,” Jansen said.
With a goal in mind of $20,000 to donate to society, Ethan and the group work hard.
“I think it could help fund a lot of needed research,” said Adam Jansen. “Research and things developed and leukemia and lymphoma can also help other cancers.”
Through gift baskets and fundraising, the group hopes to get closer to their goal by March 10.
“It’s a great idea because any amount of money can help find a cure,” Ethan Robar said.
Ethan says he hopes to inspire others to participate because he says if a teenager can do it, anyone can do it.
“No matter how old you are, you can always make a change,” Jansen said. “Like, I’m 16 right now and I’m doing this. Ethan here is 14 and he’s doing this. My brother is 18. You can be any age and do this.