Austin Martinelli may not be able to drive a car, vote or do much without a parent’s signature. But the 10-year-old has a heart for his peers and a passion for fundraising for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital that knows no limits.
With the support of his parents, he’s among the youngest monthly donors to St. Jude, called “Partners In Hope,” and has led at least two successful fundraisers to help fulfill his promise to give.
“It’s a lot of work, but I knew I was helping kids live so that made me work even harder,” Austin said. “You never say you can’t, because as long as you put 100% towards your dream, idea or thought, you can accomplish anything.”
Inspired by a story he heard on the radio about St. Jude, the Pittsburgh, Penn., fourth-grader became a monthly donor to St. Jude in Dec. 2016 and pledged to his parents, Michelle and Steve Martinelli, to raise the money for the monthly commitment.