NUTLEY, NJ -- Nutley High School junior Charlie Williamson just passed the $2,000 mark and is on his way toward his goal of raising $2,500 before Thanksgiving with his “Kisses for Cancer” campaign.
Created in an NHS marketing class, the fundraiser encourages people to post a photo or video on social media being kissed by a loved one with the hashtag #kissesforcancer. Participants are also encouraged to donate to the cause and challenge at least three others to participate. All funds go to the American Cancer Society.
“Cancer is something that has a big impact on many peoples’ lives,” Williamson said in an interview with TAPinto Nutley. “Members of my family have been affected by it and I know other families in Nutley who have also been affected.”
In about a month, he has raised a total of $2,005.
“I wasn’t expecting it to go this far,” Williamson said. “When I started it, I just wanted to see how well it could go and it has gone very well.”
After Williamson and his classmates decided that they wanted to do a cancer fundraiser, they thought spreading love would be the perfect theme.
“Since cancer spreads so easily, we thought we would focus on something positive that spreads like love,” Williamson said.
After launching the page on CrowdWise, Williamson told his family, classmates and teachers about it and it quickly grew.
“I started telling my family and people around the school and it just started to spread,” he said.
Williamson explained that he gets satisfaction out of knowing that he is raising money for such a good cause.
“It’s a really good feeling and my family is really proud of what has become of it,” he told TAPinto Nutley.
After seeing how far the fundraiser has come, Williamson is planning on continuing to run the campaign in the future.
“I would continue to do it every day or maybe even as an annual thing,” he said.
To donate to the cause, visit crowdrise.com/kisses-for-cancer2.