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I am so proud of my friend Alazar.  Last year he raised over $9,000 for the Cascade AIDS Project fundraiser here in Portland and he made the newspapers! The best part? He’s only 11 years old. (He’s in the photos above!) Alazar is someone I am proud to call a friend. He’s an inspiring little man that has amazing aspirations and I want to help as much as I can.

Alazar was born in Ethiopian and came to the US a few years ago, where he was adopted by a dear friend. The transformation of Alazar was day and night. He went from a scared, quiet boy to a vibrant, energetic kid who loves sports and art. I attribute this to the healthy, happy, nourishing home his new dad created for him and the art therapy our friend Star did with him for years.

Fast forward a few years later and Alazar has been on a crusade to raise money for AIDS charities and to raise awareness. You can check out his blog here.

Recently Alazar let me practice my novice photography skills and we hung out in Laurelhurst Park on a gorgeous day. We took tons of photos of him and his dad too.

He writes his own blog, he’s trying to get corporate sponsors, and has even contacted celebrities for support (and heard back from some!). I try to support Alazar as much as I can when he’s fundraising and recently bought some of his art for his fundraising. Health in every way is important to me and if I can help a good cause, I’ll do it!

PLEASE check out his website and if you’re going to donate to any causes this year, consider the Cascade AIDS Project! Alazar and I thank you for your generosity!

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His motto is:  “Be Safe. Get Tested.  Have Safe Behaviors.”


(Pictures above of Jacqueline Yerby, Vice President, Board of Directors, Cascade AIDS Project and Alazar Manning used with permission.)

15 Responses

  1. You should be proud of yourself, Alazar because not many kids you’re age are trying to do good things like this and you are! I looked at your blog too.

    1. Thank you, Jill! I hope it inspires your daughter too. I think it’s great when young kids try to do something good for the community. Good life lessons to be learned there. 🙂

      1. Dear Jill and Lisa,

        I hope your daughter enjoys my blog and the good things we are all doing together! It takes a community to make a difference!

        – – Alazar

  2. WAY TO GO! I will be sending your post and his blog to my niece and nephew who are about your age Alazar.

      1. Dear R.S.

        Thank you for sharing my blog with your niece and nephew… please check out the links on the side before hand… the Know Sex PDX might be intense if the explore it without a parent being present. My blog itself is pretty “vanilla” when it comes to details on safe sex and stuff like that! Thank you again!

        – – Alazar

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