When most pre-teens begin planning their birthday party, the last thing on their mind is how they can help others. But a chance encounter with Chad Carr four years prior left a huge impact on the soon-to-be 13-year-old Oliver Aaron. While spending time at Camp Michigania, Chad’s and Oliver’s families bonded over sports and all of the children got to know each other. It was the summer before Chad gained his angel wings, and Oliver was just 9 years old.

Oliver had always been taught to give back and help when he could. As he prepared for his Bar Mitzvah, Oliver began to wonder how he might be able to do something really big for a greater cause. He decided to ask attendees of his Bar Mitzvah to donate to The ChadTough Foundation rather than buying gifts for him. His family, touched by his generosity, was fully on board.

“One of my favorite things to witness is when a young person steps up and finds a cause bigger than themselves,” said Tammi Carr. “We are incredibly moved by Oliver and the whole Aaron family.”

The Bar Mitzvah turned out to be a wonderful day, and Oliver raised more than $10,000 for The ChadTough Foundation. When asked what his fellow teens thought of his decision to donate, Oliver said, “I really hope, and I do think, I inspired other kids to do something like this. I’d love to see it happen. I have a younger brother, and I’m hoping I inspired him.”

– Jennifer DeGregorio, Director of Communications, The ChadTough Foundation