7-year-old raises $2,500 to help kids with cancer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - T.J. Dahlem was inspired by the Boosterthon Fun Run at his elementary school to raise money for childhood cancer.  The 7-year-old organized a Virtual Fun Run and has raised $2,500 that he will be donating to Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund Foundation. 

"I really want to give money to kids who are in the hospital. I remembered there is a sickness called cancer and that's what I wanted to help." T.J. said.

The Jay Fund supports local families tackling childhood cancer through financial, emotional and practical support. 

"We're there for families so that they can be there for their families," said Cary Ann Moody, of the Jay Fund.

"It was an exciting moment for us to realize $2,500 was something a 7-year-old could raise in a couple of months," T.J.'s mother, Kelly Harkleraod, said. 

For his efforts, Memorial Hospital and WJXT honored T.J. with the Positively Jax award for December.

For more details, visit ChildhoodCancerConquerors.org.

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