SCARSDALE, N.Y. - With International Childhood Cancer Day a week away, the Scarsdale community is rallying around a grieving father who lost his son to the disease last month.
In honor of his son, Paul Ulysses Jimenez, who passed away from Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that forms in soft tissue, his father, Paul J. Jimenez started the Paulie Strong t-shirt fundraising campaign to raise money for research into children’s cancer.
As of Monday afternoon, with eight days still remaining in the fundraiser , Jimenez has already exceeded his 1,000 shirt goal, raising more than $50,000 that will be sent to the Pediatric Oncology team at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan to advance research into pediatric sarcomas.
“Paul was wise beyond his years and it was his idea when he was diagnosed to create a campaign to raise funds to find a cure for cancer,” his father wrote as part of the fundraising effort. “We learned a lot about the lack of funding that goes to help find a cure for pediatric cancer and we will continue Paulie's mission to raise awareness and raise funding to help all children who have to endure battles with cancer.”
Scarsdale Schools Superintendent took time to remember Paulie - who was a fifth grader at Greenacres Elementary - through a message to the community, calling him “a beautiful spirit, who was loved by his immediate and extended school family.