But the Singleton teenager plans to embark on an extreme activity that would make most adults cringe. In November, he hopes to plunge from a plane and plummet to earth.
Javier decided to skydive to raise money for motor neurone disease (MND).
‘My uncle Michael Ross is 29 and has been diagnosed with MND,’ he said. ‘MND is a non-curable disease that slowly shuts down the body.
‘It is hard to talk about and see each other hurting.
‘It makes you wonder why this has happened, why it happens to good people, young people.’
Javier, a Year 8 student at Comet Bay College, said he was going to do everything he could to raise as much money as possible. So far he has raised more than $1000 to help find a cure for MND, and he has a goal of $5000.
Javier’s mother Maria said she was worrying about her son’s decision but that he displayed a lot of courage.
‘I want to bubble wrap him the whole way,’ she said. ‘It is good he is spreading awareness that we have to look after each other.’
– To donate, visit https://give.everyday hero.com/au/javier-ross-1 .