My name is Eli Kahn and I am a 16 year old cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with Leukemia when I was two and a half and was successfully treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. I am very grateful for the kind doctors and nurses at Hopkins, and I have been trying to find a way to give back to Hopkins since my treatment.
I finally found a way to give back when I was preparing for my Bar Mitzvah. At my Synagogue, each child is required to participate in a community service project to complete his/her Bar Mitzvah process. I wanted to give back to Hopkins, and specifically I wanted to raise money to find a cure for cancer, so that children in the future would not need to be in a Hospital for an extended period of time to receive their treatment. I did some research online and I found that recycling was the easiest and most effective way to raise money, and used printer cartridges paid off the most. I got in touch with a recycling company based out of Tennessee and began recycling printer cartridges. My original goal was to raise $1,800 by the time of my Bar Mitzvah which was about a year away. At first, that goal seemed unreachable because very few people knew about my project. After more people heard about my project, I surpassed that goal and decided to continue my project. Now nearly 5 years later, I have donated over $85,000 to Pediatric Oncology Research at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Part of that total has been because I was chosen as a finalist for the Volvo For Life Awards. I plan on continuing my project for as long as I can until I can hopefully help fund money to find a cure for cancer. For more information visit my website www.cartridgesforacure.com or watch the documentary made for the Volvo for Life Awards at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6y1p1uTiW0