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TO: ALL PAY IT FORWARD FANS
FROM: JAMES GREY
SUBJ: PAY IT FORWARD OPPORTUNITY ALERT
TARGET: DANIEL ARONSOHN / AJ’s COMFORT ZONE

THE BACK STORY:
In early 2013 my fiancé Susan was struggling through a double mastectomy operation to stave off cancer. She had severe complications. She was directed to the Los Robles Hospital to undergo one of many post operation IV anti-biotic treatments at their Breast Cancer Program facility. Susan was approached by an attentive and caring patient advocate on staff who offered her products designed to aid in her dignity and comfort – provided free of charge by a non profit organization. When we began to ask the Who, What, Where and How questions, we learned the amazing story of a young 17 yr. old man named Daniel….

“ Watching my mother struggle to recover from a double mastectomy was the most helpless feeling I had ever known—until I figured out what I could do about it. In 2009, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent six surgeries. With several complications during surgery, she stayed in the hospital for weeks at a time. As she recovered, she had to wear several drains that were both impractical and uncomfortable. They were easily noticeable to others because my mom had to clip them onto her hospital gown and everyday clothing. And each instance I saw her walk around with these drains, I felt a sense of helplessness and vulnerability. Why should the fight for life be complicated by a couple of drains in the way?

In November 2009, while reading a medical magazine at my mom’s doctor’s office, I
stumbled upon a garment for post-surgical breast cancer patients. This garment, or SOFTEE, has special pockets to comfortably conceal the drains for the patient. I was shocked that my mom was not offered this garment. In fact, the hospital was unaware that these existed. At that moment, I made it my mission to bring these garments to my local hospital. And even more importantly, I hoped to create awareness in my community that SOFTEEs are an option for women recovering
from mastectomies.”

WHAT DANIEL DID:
(Keep in mind he was then 14 yrs. old as you read this….)
He calls the manufacturer and negotiates to obtain the product. He recruits his younger brother and friends to help. They begin with car washes and bake sales, and soliciting for donations outside storefronts and companies. He organizes a 501.c non-profit corporation, and partners with the hospital to host benefit boutiques http://agourahills.patch.com/articles/teenage-boys-making-a-difference to raise donations. By the way, 100% of the donations go to the bottom line. When is the last time you saw zero administrative costs impacting the bottom line of a non-profit entity? Talk about getting a bang for your donation dollars!

WHAT DANIEL HAS ACCOMPLISHED…SO FAR:
So inspired and impressed with the maturity, compassion, and determination of this young man, Cathy Cole, A Los Robles Hospital spokesperson said “His diligence, and that of his younger brother who assists him, has made such a difference in the lives of our breast cancer patients, that I have nominated him as a CNN Hero of the Year.”

I recently made contact with Daniel, now 18 yrs. old, after being inspired by his story to help in any way that I can. He told me he is in the process of training his younger brother to take over for him as he prepares to attend college this fall. He was quick to assure me that his younger brother is equaled to the task both in discipline and passion for the cause.

It was easy to sense how surprised and humbled he was by the collective interest of my informal round table of Pay It Forward Fan friends waiting for me to get back to them with relevant details to help them help him. Some can lend their public notoriety, some their personal and corporate resources, and some their passion for promotion to get out the word for a good cause.

How many have been touched by cancer themselves or a loved one? Statistics show that if you have not, then all you have to do is reach out and touch the person next to you, because they have. That’s how insidious cancer is.
HOW YOU CAN PAY IT FORWARD

• MAKE A TAX- FREE WIRE DONATION VIA PAYPALL, OR MAIL IN A CHECK.
• PRINT OUT AND PASS OUT THIS “P.I.F” ALERT TO ANYONE AND EVERYONE YOU KNOW THAT MAT BE INTERESTED IN HELPING.
• COPY, PASTE, AND POST THIS P.I.F. TO TWITTER, EMAIL BLASTS, SOCIAL SITES, ETC.
• ORGANIZE A P.I.F. ROUND TABLE TO BRAINSTORM CREATIVE WAYS TO HELP.

PAYPALL ACCT: daronsohn@ucla.edudaronsohn@ucla.edu

ADDRESS FOR DONATIONS AND INQUIRES:
Daniel Aronsohn
P.O. Box 1560
Agoura Hills, CA 91376

PRESS: http://agourahills.patch.com/articles/teenage-boys-making-a-difference
WEB SITE: www.com4tzone.webs.com
FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/AJsComfortZone

What’s our win? It feels really really good to help. But you already know that, right?

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PRESS: http://agourahills.patch.com/articles/teenage-boys-making-a-difference

WEB SITE: www.com4tzone.webs.com
FACEBOOK PAGE: www.facebook.com/AJsComfortZone
PAYPALL: daronsohn@ucla.edudaronsohn@ucla.edu

MAILING ADDRESS:
Daniel Aronsohn
AJ’s Comfort Zone
P.O. Box 1560
Agoura Hills, CA 91376
818-687-9364