Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Jason Wexler: The Three Minute Difference
Kevin Wexler, founder and CEO of Reliant Parking, has always tried to maintain a delicate balance of being both a successful business owner and family man, hoping his children grow up healthy and happy, and follow their passions. “Which is why I beam with pride when I think about my son’s deep dive into giving back through LLS” says Kevin.
From an early age Jason Wexler showed an interest in wanting to cure cancer—and would even make "potions," according to his mother Sherri. An extrovert like his father, Jason has always wanted to “make a difference for others” and share his ideas. As a theatre student he has taken lead roles on stage, including Timon in The Lion King and the lead in Macbeth. His future goal is to become a film director.
When he turned sixteen, the sophomore at The Grauer School in Encinitas, California, knew he wanted to do something to help the planet.
He heard of a program called "Students of the Year," a competition challenge that raises money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which fights blood cancer and also impacts the cure for other forms of cancer. Teams are comprised of high school students who compete to raise the most money for LLS and earn the title of Student of the Year. LLS is an extremely important cause as every three minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer.
Jason initially showed interest in joining a team to support LLS. However, instead of just joining one, he took the initiative and decided to form his own.
Named "Answer For Cancer," the team is comprised of mostly fellow musical theatre students Jason recruited from his classes and other schools. Their natural creativity launched an extremely successfully way to raise money using the theatre as their “stage” to fund-raise. They held musical performances where they offered raffle prizes and also solicited local businesses for sponsorships. Two of their current corporate sponsors are Reliant Parking, as well as the local Orangetheory Fitness.
In their first year (2018) they raised $36K and came in second place. In 2019, the team doubled it and raised $72K, for a two-year total of over $100k. Due to his efforts, time and leadership, Jason was one of the San Diego Jewish Teen Initiative's 18 Under 18 Award recipients. He was also one of two who were awarded the Peter Chortek Leadership Award by the San Diego Jewish Community Foundation.
For Jason this work is personal. “When it really hit close to home for me was when our family friend Ella told me her father had passed away from Lymphoma,” said Jason. “I just knew that I could help and use my background and talents in fighting cancer.”
It has also been a family effort with older sister Talia, not only helping fundraise but also performing. Sherri said the program brought out and showcased the leadership qualities in her son off the stage. “Jason has always looked to make the world a better place and put an end to suffering,” said Sherri. “And I have witnessed his personal growth through this experience.”
If you would like to join Jason in supporting LLS, please consider a donation to his "Answer for Cancer" team fund. The button below takes you to directly to the link for Jason's team. 100% of your donation will go to LLS and be credited to Jason's team. Thank you for your support!