Six-year-old Jazmine Anderson has had anything but a typical life.
“All these appointments and pokes and surgeries, and no time to just really be a kid,” says Melissa Anderson, Jazmine’s mom.
When Jazmine was a baby, she was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis: a genetic disease that causes tumors to grow in and on her body. Since then, she’s undergone 99 doses of chemotherapy, battled tumors on her optic nerve, and more recently: “I had surgery on my head,” says Jazmine.
“She is amazing. You can’t help but fall in love with her,” her mom tells me. Indeed – Jazmine has charmed a lot of people on her journey—including hundreds of young athletes.
“It’s a pretty expensive bill for the treatment that she has to do,” says Tucker Lackner, a member of Magic Soccer FC. “So the more money, the better.”
Lackner and Mason Weigel are members of the Magic Soccer club—but instead of dribbling on the pitch, they’re making a sales pitch. They’re selling pink bracelets at $5 a pop in an effort to raise money for their teammates’ little sister Jazmine.
“I think it’s nice for the community to stand up and do stuff for them,” says Weigel.
That’s a sentiment shared by everyone at Magic Soccer.
“Those are the things that make me proud of the club,” explains Ricardo Pierre-Louis, the owner and president of Magic Soccer FC. “Not only just winning games and seeing the kids improve every day—it’s those things. Seeing the kids showing kindness to others.”
The club has already sold about $1,200 worth of bracelets—a sales figure that warms her mom’s heart—and keeps a smile on a special little girl’s face.
“We’re so grateful,” says Melissa. “This road gets kind of lonely at times. It’s just nice to see the community come up and rally behind us.”
Jazmine, Melissa, and the Magic Soccer club are all people you should know.
There are still bracelets available for purchase.
They’re $5 each, and all the money goes toward Jazmine’s travel and medical expenses.
You can order a bracelet via PayPal. You can send $5 to Melissa Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You’re asked to put your shipping information and the number of wristbands you want in the notes.