Local cancer survivor collects pop bottles for a cause
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- National Cancer Survivors day is celebrated on the first Sunday of June. According to the National Cancer Institute, there are about 16.9 billion survivors in the United States.
One local cancer survivor in Michiana has been giving back to the community since he’s been cancer-free. Kevin Jones was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was 15 years- old and come August he will be six years cancer-free.
“Ever since I’ve been brain cancer-free, I’ve always been about helping other people and continuing to help people,” Jones said.
Every year since Jones beat cancer, he’s been giving back in any way he can. Last year he donated to three cancer organizations. This year, he’s collecting pop bottles and cans to cash them in and buy toys for a children’s hospital in Chicago. So far he’s collected over 6,000 bottles and cans since he started earlier this month.
“I was given a second chance at life, and I feel like take advantage of the opportunity because it doesn’t cost me anything to do this. It literally just costs me the donations, just my time, and I’d be happy to give my time to any donation, any charity I feel is worth my time,” Jones said.
His goal is to donate 201 toys to represent the number of days he battled cancer.
“Donations are great, but pop bottles, I don’t mind taking them and everything. That way people know that it’s going to a good cause and it’s helping put smiles on children’s faces,” Jones said.
If you want to help and donate pop bottles or cans you can contact Kevin Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jones will be collecting pop bottles and cans up until June 30, 2020.