Two years ago, John McCrea, then a student at Pace Academy, started a special service organization in memory of Larry Orr, the father of two of his classmates who passed away after battling brain cancer.
Called Food for Thought, John set out to raise money for the Orr Fund benefitting the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center to honor Larry and others impacted by the disease. Along with his friend, Jason Weiner, John sold food to his fellow students – first starting with doughnuts, which the boys picked up before dawn so they’d be fresh and ready for students as they arrived in the mornings.
They also hosted cookouts during exam weeks when the cafeterias were closed. John and Jason brought grills to the school’s garden, and they served up hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks, chips and more. These cookouts were a big hit with students.
The boys then tried their hand at smoothies. Armed with blenders, they made smoothies with a wide variety of fresh fruit during their free periods at school. The frozen treats were so popular, they reached out for help from other students.
Students supported the program and loved this twist on the traditional bake sale to raise funds. In two years, they’ve raised more than $1,000 for the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center, supporting the important work there and the fight against cancer.
John and Jason established a wonderful legacy of giving back and hope to turn over Food for Thought to another batch of enterprising Pace students so the service project and support for the Piedmont Brain Tumor Center can continue.