Teen cancer survivor from Turnersville earns Kohl’s scholarship

Originally from the Courier Post

TURNERSVILLE – The Kohl’s Care Scholarship Program has awarded $1,000 to a 13-year-old Turnersville cancer survivor for his own efforts to help kids with cancer.

A.J. Mattia lost a leg to pediatric cancer. Through his nonprofit foundation, A.J.’s Ribbons of Gold — which he founded to support children with cancer and their families — Mattia raised about $35,000 for Go4theGoal.org by selling golden shoelaces. Go4theGoal is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of pediatric cancer and helps kids with cancer achieve their goals.

Mattia is one of six children in the Philadelphia region to receive this scholarship. Each regional winner is eligible for one of Kohl’s 10 national $10,000 scholarships to use for higher education. Kohl’s will also donate $1,000 to a non-profit organization in honor of the winner.

Kohl’s Cares awarded 200 $1,000 scholarships nationally and has recognized more than 19,000 children since the program’s start in 2001. Since then it has awarded more than $3.9 million in scholarships and prizes. For more information about the foundation, please visit kohlskids.com.

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