13-year-old raises thousands to transport seniors to vaccination appointments

A California teen raised more than $9,600 to provide seniors in need with ride-share vouchers to get to and from vaccine appointments.


A 13-year-old came up with a way to transport seniors to and from vaccination sites free of charge.

Inspired to help others by his cardiologist dad, Kevin Manshadi, of Stockton, California, set up a GoFundMe for vaccination ride-share vouchers and raised more than $9,600.

His father, Dr. Ramin Manshadi, reached out to local officials about how to use the funds, getting help from San Joaquin Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park.

Dr. Manshadi is also vaccinating people through his practice and has a designated phone line seniors can call to set up an appointment.

“If they do need any transportation help, we send them a voucher through that same number, which would cover the cost of a round-trip within San Joaquin County,” Kevin explained.

Dr. Manshadi noted that people don’t have to go to his practice to get a ride-share voucher.

Just as his son was inspired by the work he does saving lives, the doctor was inspired by Kevin, too.

After hearing about inequities in vaccination rates within certain minority populations, Dr. Manshadi started working with religious groups and other community leaders and participated in virtual town halls.

With his plan in practice, Kevin is giving back to the community in other ways too, volunteering at the vaccination center to monitor patients to see if they’re reacting to the vaccine.

“I've noticed that a lot of the seniors-- they're all very joyful,” he said. “Because after all this time and all the stress from COVID-19, they've been relieved with the transportation and vaccination.”

Kevin has big dreams of becoming a cardiologist like his dad and hopes others will be inspired by his ride-share voucher idea.

“You don't need to be a 13-year-old whiz kid in order to help someone,” KCRA reporter Kay Recede pointed out. “It doesn't end with him. It may start with him. But we can continue that effort and help even more people.”

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