Boy Plans Charity Swim as Bat Mitzvah Gift

By Forward Staff

Published July 29, 2011.
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An 11-year-old New York boy is reportedly planning a one-mile charity swim in the Hudson River as a special bat mitzvah gift to a friend.

“Life is about doing things for other people,” Aaron Perl told 1010 WINS radio in New York.

Perl and Ally WItt have been inspired by Witt’s uncle, Jeff, who is mentally disabled.

“He’s so brave, he’s really friendly and he’s a fabulous uncle,” Witt told the radio station.

Witt has already raised $6,000 for the Association For The Help of Retarded Citizens, the organization that has helped her uncle, for her mitzvah project.

Perl is continuing the fundraising with his charity swim called “Mitzvah on the Hudson.”

“It’s good that I can do this since I’ve gone through stuff, harder stuff, I know how it is,” Perl told the station.

Perl was born with a short femur and has undergone surgery to correct it. Despite that problem, he has competed in 13 triathalons since he was 8.

He’s hoping to inspire others with his swim, no matter how much cash he raises.

“It doesn’t matter what you do. It doesn’t matter if you raise 10 bucks or a 1,000 bucks, it’s still making a difference,” Perl said.






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