Taking your first selfie is a rite of passage. That moment you press the little camera button, choose your favorite filter, and post it — you're suddenly in a new class along with other technologically savvy people who are searching for their best angles.
Of course, people who heavily indulge in selfies are often accused of exercising vanity, but the same cannot be said for Eva Mendes, who — despite having an Instagram account for a few months now — snapped her first selfie for a really, really good cause: to raise awareness and generate donations for a little boy as he battles cancer.
"This is my first selfie and it's for an amazing cause!" she wrote next to the debut pic. "Thank you all so much for helping support Andrew Wilson and his family. Please, please donate — any bit helps! I'm going to sign this tshirt and give it away to one person who makes a donation within the next 48 hours. Click the link in my bio to donate. Together let's help this family get their son the proper treatment that he needs."
She also posted a photo of Andrew.
"This little guy, Andrew Wilson Wratten, is full of smiles, a ball of energy and VERY special to me. He has been undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma cancer. His family has spent the last year going through every parent's worst nightmare as they watch their little boy endure grueling treatment and they need our help," she wrote. "Please consider making a donation. Click the link in my bio for more info. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you in advance for your support of this precious little boy and his family."
According to Mayo Clinic, neuroblastoma cancer "develops from immature nerve cells found in several areas of the body" — including the adrenal glands, the neck, and the stomach. The form of cancer generally affects children under 5 years old. The medical website notes some variations of neuroblastoma cancer can resolve without treatment, but others require many treatments. Hopefully with Eva raising awareness, Andrew will get the treatment that he needs.
Further, Eva's selfie is proof: not all selfies exemplify vanity. Some demonstrate compassion, instead. To donate to Andrew's fund, click here.