Nathan Murray Thivierge

Nathan Murray Thivierge, son of Laurie and Troy Thivierge of Gilbert, became a bar mitzvah on Oct. 20, 2018, at Temple Emanuel of Tempe.

Grandparents are Carole and Howard Weiner of Sun Lakes, and Debbie and Jim Florant of Cocoa, Florida.

As part of his mitzvah project, Nathan volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank reorganizing large amounts of food into ready-to-distribute boxes. He participated in two trail work days at the San Tan Regional Park, clearing and maintaining trails and learning about conservation. He also volunteered at I-HELP serving a hot dinner and preparing “to-go” breakfasts for guests in Tempe.

A student at Gilbert Classical Academy, Nathan enjoys playing baseball, swimming (his favorite stroke is the butterfly), cross-country running, playing viola, reading, performing card tricks, Latin club and playing video games.

Leo Daniel Weber

Leo Daniel Weber, son of Joy and Adam Weber of Scottsdale, will become a bar mitzvah on Oct. 27, 2018, at Temple Solel.

Grandparents are Marnee and Paul Solon of Scottsdale, and the late Dale and Daniel Weber.

Leo was diagnosed and treated for Stage IV Burkitt’s lymphoma at the age of 4. He received treatment at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and he has chosen to give back to PCH by holding lemonade stands. Since February, Leo has held six lemonade stands and set up a fundraising page via the PCH Foundation. So far, he has raised $1,200.

Leo remembers playing with Legos and games while he was in treatment, so at his bar mitzvah party, the centerpieces will be made out of board games, which later will be donated to the hospital’s Child Life Services Department. You can contribute to Leo’s mitzvah project through Nov. 6 at fundraising.phoenixchildrensfoundation.org and search for “Leo’s Lemonade Stand.”

A student at Desert Canyon Middle School, Leo is on the cross country and track and field teams at his school. He also likes to ride his bike with his dad. Last year, Leo participated in the Pablove Foundation Charity bike ride to raise money to help fund pediatric cancer research.

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