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12-Year-Old Enjoys Responsibilities of a Teen


While Ari Roth enjoys inspiring other young people, he received a little inspiration himself, while playing basketball at the Harlem Globetrotter camp this past summer.

Ari Roth’s parents, Lori and Dr. Steven Roth, always told him, “When you turn 13, you’ll be a teenager. You need to start taking responsibility in your community.” Ari, however, wasn’t going to wait. He launched an impressive fund-raising campaign with the Arizona Chapter on behalf of the Foundation in October, nearly a year before his 13th birthday.

From his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., Ari sent 90 letters to his friends and family across the country. He expanded his reach by sending e-mails to his classmates’ parents at Pardes Jewish Day School. The donations quickly began piling up in his mailbox. Encouraged by his school’s generosity, Ari contacted local businesses, including grocery stores, banks and car dealerships for donations.  After just four months, Ari has raised more than $15,000.

Ari knows firsthand the importance of raising money for CF research because of the role it plays in his life. Since his diagnosis at 4 weeks old, Ari has depended on treatments such as Pulmozyme® and digestive enzymes to improve his quality of life.

Today, he competes on two basketball teams and enjoys hanging out with his three older brothers, Jacob, Benjamin and Zachary. He hopes to inspire other young people to also give back to their community. “I want other kids to know they can make a difference too,” he said.