California preschoolers set up hot cocoa stand, raise $10,000 for classmate battling brain cancer

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 18th, 2020 11:31 am

Shelby Mazzocco / Facebook

A group of California preschoolers set up a hot cocoa stand last week and raised $10,000 for a classmate battling brain cancer.

In November, doctors discovered a baseball-sized tumor in four-year-old Jasper Mazzocco's brain that forced him to be removed from school and hospitalized, according to a northern California news station.

With the help of their parents and local businesses such as Starbucks, Costco and Dick's Sporting Goods, Jasper's classmates at Redding Cooperative Preschool set up a hot cocoa stand outside a local Trader Joe's and raised $10,000 for their sick friend.

The children called the initiative, "Hot Cocoa For a Cure."

Jasper's mom, Shelby Mazzocco, said his surgery went well on Monday and that his friends have been checking in on him regularly.

"It's was really neat to know they miss us as much as we miss them. He was on the phone with them [on Monday] saying 'Hi' to everyone and singing his little preschool songs with them."

Additionally, over 350 donors have contributed nearly $35,000 on Jasper's GoFundMe page.


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