Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation
The last blog post I wrote was about The Red Bandana Hero Award. This post is about one of the winners of that award this year.
Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation was started by Scott and Staci Baldwin for their son Jackson Baldwin. Jackson had battled with cancer for 4 years and in May, 2006 in the final days of his 10 year old life, he asked his parents to dedicate his 10th birthday party to raising funds for Connor Frei, who was 3 years old and in need of a bone marrow transplant.
He said, “Why don’t we ask people to bring money instead of bringing me a gift?”
He passed away the day before his party, but to honor his wishes they went ahead with the celebration and ended up donating $6,000 to Connor’s family.
This inspired the Baldwin’s to start Jackson’s Pay It Forward Foundation that same year. It has since raised more than $800,000 which they have used to donate prepaid credit cards for medical bills and other expenses, along with gift baskets for families caring for sick children.
Staci says, “Some people are put on this earth to have the greatest impact in a short time and Jackson was one of those people.”
He sounds like an amazing kid!