Daniel Feuer, junior
The Weber School
After school, many teenagers might pick up a smoothie for a snack.
Weber School junior Daniel Feuer, however, delivers smoothies to chemotherapy patients—just as he has for the past four years since the conception of his service organization, Smoothie Kidz.
“I’ve always been concerned about cancer because my dad is a gynecologic oncologist and my grandmother had [cancer],” said Feuer. “Whenever I visited my dad at work, it was just really depressing to see how down some of the patients were. I wanted to do something to make them feel better.”
When Daniel was 10, he began baking cookies and bringing them to his father’s office for the patients. After a few years, several friends began helping him on his trips to Northside Hospital’s Southeastern Gynecologic Oncology department. They soon switched from cookies to hand-making eight different kinds of smoothies, leading to the name “Smoothie Kidz.”
Daniel’s efforts caught the attention of Planet Smoothie president Tra Williams, Smoothie Kidz quickly became more fruitful.
Daniel’s Planet Smoothie-endorsed organization has grown to over 35 active volunteers, many of whom also go to Weber. They now volunteer at four hospital centers, Southeastern Gynceologic Oncology at Northside, the Infusion Center at Northside, Atlanta Cancer Care and Saint Joseph’s Infusion Suite. The organization is more active during the summer, when the students volunteer for weeks in a row, than during the school year since the centers are not open on weekends.
Daniel, the “CEO” of the organization, compares participating in Smoothie Kidz to “running a business”—after all, he is in charge of coordinating between the executives of Planet Smoothie to ensure that the patients’ orders come in, picking up produce for the smoothies, bringing smoothies to locations, and having enough volunteers to help all the patients they possibly can during treatment. Of course, like many successful CEOs, Daniel’s interests are not limited to his organization; he is also the president of Weber’s Acapella Group.
While running a thriving organization is demanding, Daniel finds the rewards of Smoothie Kidz well worth the time.
“There’s nothing more rewarding than giving someone going through something as hard as chemotherapy a chance to smile, relax and enjoy themselves,” he said. “Whenever [the patients] say, ‘Thank you,’ I always tell them, ‘Thank you’ back; I’m honestly the happiest when I’m helping them. The patients are so deserving.”
While Feuer still has one more year at the Weber School, he has already started considering prestigious colleges such as Vanderbilt and Columbia and eventually hopes to receive an MBA.
While academics are a strong consideration for Feuer when selecting a college, the first thing he asks about whenever he visits a campus is the strength of the community service program.
“A priority of mine is that wherever I go to college, I can try to continue Smoothie Kidz,” said Daniel. “I don’t want it to stop—hopefully it will just keep growing.”