Diego Alvarado

Diego Alvarado (fox5sandiego.com / November 19, 2011)

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A National City teenager is proving you're never too young to care.

As a school project, Diego Alvarado started a fundraising campaign for children with cancer staying at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House.  The 14-year-old is now in his third year and created a foundation called Making Smiles.  

Diego doesn't have cancer nor does anyone in his family, but this teenager has a lot of family support for his mission. His two younger brothers and his mom go everywhere with him, helping him knock on doors and knock down perceptions that teens are lazy.

When Diego gets older he plans to continue helping cancer patients and other causes, doing whatever he can to make lives better.

Diego is holding a party Sunday, November 20 at 4 p.m. inside the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club in National City.  The cover is $12, they'll have food, lots of dancing, and a chance to win a Mexico weekend get-away. 

Diego is hoping to raise about $3,000 this time with all money going to the Ronald McDonald House.